Dual Degree Students (DDS/DMD-PhD)

Training Grants Sponsored by NIDCR

Training at NIDCR (on the NIH campus)

  • 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 biomedical research and clinical training.  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.
  • 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.
  • Medical Research Scholars Program​
    A comprehensive, 12-month research enrichment program for research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students. Student scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the NIH campus that matches their professional interests and career goals. Each scholar has an assigned tutor (year-long advisor) and works with an approved research mentor. The program is designed for students who have finished their initial clinical rotations (typically third year, but does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed these rotations. Fourth year students also qualify to apply and participate, but must defer graduation before participation). Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A stipend is provided.​
  • 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.
Last Reviewed
June 2020