Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (Post-Baccalaureate Individuals)

The NHLBI established the Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG) to offer opportunities for underrepresented post-baccalaureate individuals to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. The purpose of the program is to enhance career opportunities in biomedical sciences, including clinical and laboratory medicine, systematic evidence review, implementation research, epidemiology, and biostatistics as applied to the prevention, etiology, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders.

BRTPUG offers each participant the opportunity to work closely with leading research scientists in the Division of Intramural Research and extramural scientists in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences -Prevention and Population Sciences Program and the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science. The program provides participants with hands-on training in a research environment, which will prepare them to continue their studies and advance their careers in clinical, basic, and translation research.

The program supports recently completed post-baccalaureates, who have completed academic training in course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, statistical, or implementation research. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) or science course GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, or 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

The trainee's research internship is a one-time appointment of 1-2 year's beginning the summer of selection. Each trainee is assigned to a mentor who is responsible for designing a carefully planned training program.

Who is eligible?

Underrepresented post-baccalaureate individuals planning to pursue advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences, who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/veterinary, pharmacy) school.

The opportunities?

Research training in the NHLBI intramural or extramural program

Duration of support?

Post-Baccalaureate: 1 to 2 year period beginning the summer of selection


Research training in the NHLBI intramural or extramural program in Bethesda, Maryland

Applications due?

For Post-Baccalaureate individuals, 1-2 year research internships begin in June-September of the calendar year. A complete application package including three letters of reference (at least one must be from a research mentor) must be submitted by January 19. The NHLBI strongly encourages early submission of applications.

The most recent announcement for the BRTPUG program and post-baccalaureate stipends can be found at URL: Stipends are prorated based on the actual number of weeks worked.

How to apply:

To apply, please use the NHLBI on-line application. Applications must be submitted on-line.

Please Note: For the Online Application, please provide the name and contact information for three references at least one must be from a research mentor.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the following office:

Dr. Herbert M. Geller
Director, BRTPUG Program
Office of Education
Division of Intramural Research
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
50 South Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 451-9440