Research Opportunities

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health (NIDCR) The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information.  The NIDCR provides valuable information on: 

  • Oral Health
  • Clinical Trials
  • Dental Research
  • Grants and Funding
  • Careers and Training

For information on the latest dental research, visit www.nidcr.nih.gov.

High School and College Students 

  • NIH Summer Internship Program
    Intended to provide exciting research experiences on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland or at selected off-campus NIH locations. Summer internships generally last from eight to ten weeks. A stipend is provided. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. high school and be at least 16 years of age prior to June 1st. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required.   
  • Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
    Provides research training and career development support for individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Funding is awarded to principal investigators on active NIDCR grants who will serve as mentors for the diversity supplement candidates. The activities proposed in the supplement application must advance the research objectives of the parent grant while providing training opportunities for the candidate.  Students interested in this supplement may contact the NIDCR Training Director for advice on how to go about finding a mentor.  

Dental and Medical Students  

  • NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award
    Designed to expose dental students to the latest advances in oral health research and administration. The program is a minimum of eight weeks during the summer on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. NIDCR provides a stipend and the nominating dental school provides support for air or ground transportation. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. dental school. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required.
  • NIH Summer Internship Program
    Provides training in research procedures and principles of independent investigation to first-, second-, and third-year dental and medical students. Students will work with senior research scientists on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland or at other off-campus NIH locations. A stipend is provided. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited medical or dental school. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required.
  • NIH Clinical Research Training Program
    Meant to attract research-oriented dental and medical students to the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Fellows spend a year engaged in a mentored clinical research project in an area that matches their personal interests and goals. An annual stipend is provided and moving expenses are reimbursed. Candidates must have completed a year of clinical rotations prior to starting the program. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required.
  • NIH Clinical Electives Program
    Offers a full complement of elective rotations for third- and fourth-year dental and medical students. Designed to provide first-hand experience in the design, conduct and management of clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It is recommended that all application materials be received by May 1 preceding the academic year of the desired session. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited dental or medical school. Both U.S. citizens and non-citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Graduate Partnerships Program
    Allows students to conduct research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland while they are pursuing a PhD in the biomedical sciences. Prospective PhD students must apply to university programs that have a formal partnership with NIH. Candidates must submit both the university application and the online Graduate Partnerships Program application. They also must meet the admission deadline established by each program and have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence. A stipend is provided.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institutes Research Scholars Program This external link provides additional information that is consistent with the intended purpose of the NIDCR site.
    Participants of the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes-National Institutes of Health (NIH) joint program work in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland as part of a research team and are given the opportunity to attend conferences and meetings. Most students participate in the year-long program after their second or third year of dental or medical school. Candidates must be in good standing at a U.S. dental or medical school and must receive permission from the school to participate in the program. An annual salary is provided. Joint PhD candidates are not eligible.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30)
    Provides a maximum of six years support to students pursuing both DDS/DMD and PhD degrees. An annual stipend and partial tuition are provided. Additional funds are available for other training-related expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a DDS/DMD program at an accredited U.S. dental school and accepted in a related scientific PhD (or equivalent degree) program. Students attending any accredited U.S. dental school may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • Institutional Dual Degree Program (DDS-DMD/PhD)
    NIDCR provides funds to institutions across the country to train dental students who wish to pursue careers in oral health research. Students should contact the training director at the particular institution(s) they are interested in to inquire about available opportunities.  Trainees must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents.

  

 

  
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