The purpose of the Mishoe Fellowship is to enhance career opportunities in biomedical sciences for post baccalaureate individuals, who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/veterinary/pharmacy) school with a career goal of becoming a doctorally-trained scientist or physician-scientist.


  • Recently completed or will complete a bachelor's degree by the summer of selection,
  • Must have completed academic training in course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral or statistical research,
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, or 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale
  • Be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

*An official transcript will be required if individual is selected for an interview.

Applicant Information

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 7th, 2024. Reference letters are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 9th, 2024. Applicants must meet both the Postbac IRTA and Mishoe program eligibility criteria.

Important Dates

Information Session and Q&A:

Session 1: 
October 12, 2023, 3-4 pm (ET) | Register

Session 2: 
November 6, 2023, 2–3 pm (ET) | Register

Program Timeline:

Application portal opens: September 15, 2023
Application portal closes: January 7, 2024, 11:59 pm (ET)
Reference Letters deadline: January 9, 2024, 11:59 pm (ET)
Mishoe Event date: March 2, 2024
Start official IRTA paperwork: By March 31, 2024
Cohort Start: June - August 2024
Cohort Orientation: September 2024

How to Apply

There are two key components for the Mishoe application process:

  • Applications must be submitted to the NIH OITE online application portal. You must “submit” your OITE application in order for your reference letter writers to be notified. You can update your application after “submitting,” but you will want your letter writers to have as much time as possible for writing and submitting their letters on your behalf. Applications are not considered complete without the letters of reference.
  • Send an email to AFTER the application is submitted including a statement of interest for Mishoe fellowship and three NHLBI Principal Investigators as preferred mentors

Note: Failure to complete all aspects of the application will result in ineligibility for Mishoe Fellowship consideration. Applications are not considered complete without the letters of reference.

Candidates will need:

  • Three letters of recommendation, recommenders could be mentors, professors, or counselors
  • A personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Candidates must select three NHLBI Principal Investigators as preferred mentors

How Applicants Are Selected

Selection is highly competitive. Qualified applicants will be reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee consisting of NHLBI scientists.

Applications are evaluated on the following basis:

  • Cover letter
  • Research goals and experience
  • Demonstrated interest in NHLBI research and a commitment to a career in biomedical research
  • Academic record
  • Applicants selected to attend the Mishoe Event will be notified by email in February.

Background Check: All fellowship offers are contingent on your ability to successfully pass a federal background check, which is required for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems. As part of the clearance process, you will be asked questions about a variety of topics including your citizenship, criminal history, and other personal information. One specific question you will be asked is “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?” This question pertains to the use of controlled substances or drugs as defined under federal law. Please be aware that while marijuana may be legal or decriminalized within your home jurisdiction it remains illegal under U.S. federal law. The use, possession, supply, or manufacture of marijuana may preclude you from obtaining the necessary clearances to participate in NIH intramural training programs, even if you were initially offered a position. If you have questions about this policy or would like guidance on the clearance process, please reach out to oite@nih.govmailto: (please put “Eligibility Inquiry” in the subject line).

Mishoe Event

  • Participate in the one-day event
  • Interview with potential NHLBI mentors
  • Meet with current Mishoe fellows doing research in NHLBI laboratories
  • Every effort will be made to identify laboratories within NHLBI that would be a good match for Mishoe participants
  • Students may meet with investigators from Bethesda, Rockville, and Massachusetts campuses

After the Event

  • Candidates will match with principal investigators.
  • The Office of Education will send out official offer letter and paperwork must be initiated no later than March 31st, 2024.