Initiatives and Resources for Minority and Special Populations

Research Training and Career Development

For Minority and Special Populations

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offer both intraumural and extramural programs designed to encourage the recruitment of underrepresented minorities into genome-related research. Opportunities are available at all career levels from high school to faculty.

Research Training Opportunities at the NIH Campus

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Grants and Fellowships

  • PA-00-069 []: NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Awards for Minority Students (Ongoing)
  • PA-00-068 []: NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Awards for Students with Disabilities (Ongoing)
  • PA-99-122 []: Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships in Genomics and Related ELSI Topics (F32, F33) (Ongoing)
  • PAR-99-022 []: Genome Scholar Development and Faculty Transition Award (K22)(Ongoing)
  • PAR-98-061 []: Individual Mentored Research Scientist Development Award in Genomics Research and Analysis (K01) (Ongoing)
  • PA-07-002 []: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31) Expires September 2, 2007

    • NOT-OD-09-075 []: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2009
      Release Date: March 27, 2009

  • PA-06-087 []: Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25)
    (Expires February 1, 2009 unless reissued)
  • PA-05-015 []: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
    (Expires September 30, 2007 unless reissued)
    • NOT-99-075 [] Genome Scholar Development and Faculty Transition (K22) A ward - Change from an Annual Receipt Date to Standard NIH Receipt Dates. (PA-99-022)
    • NOT-HG-03-002 [] Genome Scholar Development and Faculty Transition Award (K22) - Restuctured

  • PA-01-081 []: Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers
    (Expires July 9, 2007 unless reissued)

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T32 Institutional Training Grants

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) supports a series of Institutional Training Grants that provide support for both pre- and post-doctoral students in the genomic sciences with the objective of enabling researchers to take full advantage of available genomic data and resources to solve biomedical problems.

Below is a list of universities currently receiving funding for institutional training grants. Usually, a prospective applicant will have already been admitted to the corresponding university graduate program and applies for a training grant slot early in their graduate education. This resource, however, should by no means be limited to already enrolled students and/or post docs. The decision on where to apply for graduate school is multifaceted and this table can provide a means for exploring available opportunities at participating universities. If you are considering applying to graduate school in the research sciences you are strongly urged to contact the appropriate person and ask questions.

NOT-OD-09-074 []: Enhancing Peer Review: The NIH Announces Consolidation of Review Criteria for Institutional Research Training Grant Applications (T32) Submitted for FY 2010 Funding

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Travel Awards to Genome-Related Conferences and Workshops

The NHGRI offers travel awards to students and faculty members to participate in courses, workshops and conferences related to genomics and ELSI research if there is an NIH grant in place to supplement.

  • NOT99-002 []: Minority Travel Award Program

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Training Opportunities in NHGRI-Supported Research Laboratories

Beside the regular training mechanisms, such as individual pre-doctoral and post-doctoral, and career development awards, the NHGRI provides additional opportunities for research training through our funded training grants, Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science, sequence production and database centers. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact the program director or principal investigators. The contact information is provided below.

Sequence Production Centers

Richard Gibbs, Baylor College of Medicine

Robert Waterston, Ph.D., Washington University

Eric Lander, Ph.D., Whitehead Institute


Paul Sternberg, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

William Gelbart, Ph.D., Harvard University

Janan Eppig, Ph.D., Jackson Laboratory

Michael Cherry, Ph.D., Stanford University

David Haussler, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

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Courses and Workshops Related to Genomics

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Additional Resources

Events, programs and services of interest to minorities, with an emphasis on genomics and biomedical research.

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Bettie Graham, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Program Director, Genome Research Training and Career Development
Division of Extramural Research

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Last Updated: July 11, 2012