Postdoctoral Scientists

  • NIDCR Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship to Enhance Diversity in Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research
    Postdoctoral students selected for this fully funded fellowship will spend up to five years working side-by-side with NIDCR’s leading scientists. Fellows will perform research with a mentor in NIDCR’s Division of Intramural Research (DIR), map a research career path, and develop a grant proposal. NIDCR encourages students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PA-18-906
    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 provide research training experiences that will facilitate the research and career development of the candidate. Eligibility is limited to citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or to individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States (i.e., in possession of a Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551). Individuals interested in diversity supplement support may contact the NIDCR Training Director . For individuals interested in finding an NIDCR funded mentor, see How to Find a Mentor.

  • NIDCR Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in the Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Workforce (K01-Clinical Trial Required)

  • NIDCR Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in the Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce (K01) (Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

    The purpose of this award is to enhance the diversity of the independently funded dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce by providing mentored research experiences for eligible postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who are from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the basic and clinical biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences. This award provides salary and research support for a sustained period of “protected time” (3-5 years) of intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The expectation is that, through this sustained period of research career development and training, awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (e.g., R01) funding or other sources of independent research support. Applicants must have a sponsoring institution and mentor. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announce the continuation of the program for administrative supplements to research grants to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. The purpose of these supplements is to encourage such individuals to re-enter research careers within the missions of all the program areas of NIH. This program will provide administrative supplements to existing NIH research grants for the purpose of supporting full-time or part-time research by these individuals to update their existing research skills and knowledge.
  • NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

  • Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01 - Independent Clinical Trial Required)
    NIDCR uses the NIH K01 to support re-entry of individuals into the dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce whose active research careers have been interrupted by family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances (see NOT-DE-16-001​). The purpose of this award is to provide support and “protected time” (3-5 years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. The expectation is that, through this sustained period of research career development and training, awardees will be competitive for independent research project grant (e.g., R01) funding, or other sources of independent research support. The applicant's academic background, previous experience, and career goals should determine both the length and content of the proposed career development program. Applicants must have a sponsoring institution and mentor. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.

  • Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announce the continuation of the program for administrative supplements to research grants to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. The purpose of these supplements is to encourage such individuals to re-enter research careers within the missions of all the program areas of NIH. This program will provide administrative supplements to existing NIH research grants for the purpose of supporting full-time or part-time research by these individuals to update their existing research skills and knowledge.
  • Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigators Program
    This broad recruitment program of tenure-track investigators (assistant professor equivalent) for the NIH intramural research program offers a variety of basic and translational/clinical positions. Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S./D.M.D., D.V.M., D.O., R.N./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree and have an outstanding record of research accomplishments as evidenced by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants should be non-tenured scientists. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
    Various positions are available at the NIDCR/NIH in Bethesda, Maryland to train professionals with a PhD and/or a DDS, DMD, MD, or DVM. Applicants must be within five years of their graduation date and have less than five years previous postdoctoral experience to apply. Stipend amounts depend on the level of experience and the type of positions available. Prospective applicants can view current NIH postdoctoral openings and contact individual NIDCR laboratories of interest to identify future research positions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. US citizens and non-US citizens may apply.
  • Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships (VF)
    Postdoctoral positions are available at the NIDCR/NIH in Bethesda, Maryland to train professionals from all non-U.S. countries with a PhD and/or a DDS, DMD, MD, or DVM. Applicants must be within five years of receiving their graduate degree and have less than five years of relevant previous postdoctoral experience to apply. The stipends for postdoctoral Visiting Fellows are adjusted yearly, and benefits include health insurance for the trainee and his/her family. Prospective applicants can view current NIH postdoctoral openings and contact individual NIDCR laboratories of interest to identify future research positions. Citizens of all non-U.S. countries may apply.
  • NIDCR Dental Clinical Research Fellowship
    This is a two-year or greater full-time program designed to train dentists in the latest clinical, translational and basic research methodologies. Qualified applicants hold a DDS/DMD or equivalent dental clinical degree and a demonstrated interest in dental/oral/craniofacial research as evidenced by prior research experience, typically masters or doctoral level education beyond clinical training. Projects are designed to facilitate translational research in which clinical research projects are conducted that complement basic science laboratory projects. Fellows are provided with a stipend and may be eligible for NIH Loan Repayment Programs. For more information contact Dr. Janice Lee, Clinical Director at 301- 827-1647.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)
    Provides up to three years support for trainees at academic institutions to broaden their scientific background or extend their potential for research in health-related areas. Applicants must have a doctoral degree. The stipend ranges depending on years of postdoctoral experience. Additional funds are available for other training related expenses. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.

    Individuals who already have a clinical dental degree and who are pursuing a PhD or equivalent research doctoral degree at an accredited US graduate program are eligible to apply for the F32 award to support their PhD training. The F32 provides support for research and related coursework and career development activities. No clinical activities are permitted for the duration of the F32 award.

    (Note that individuals in a dual degree DDS-DMD/PhD training program whose training has been supported by an F30 fellowship or T32 DSTP trainee appointment are not eligible to transition to the F32 to support completion of the PhD degree, but must remain in a predoctoral status until both degrees are obtained.)
  • NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants (T32, T90/R90)
    NIDCR provides funds to institutions across the country to train postdoctoral fellows who wish to pursue careers in oral health research. Postdoctoral trainees 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.
  • Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08 - Independent Clinical Required)
    The purpose of the NIDCR K08 is to prepare promising dentists or other clinicians for careers in dental, oral and craniofacial health research. The award provides support and protected time at a minimum of 75% effort time for an intensive three to five years of supervised research experience that integrates didactic studies with mentored basic biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research. NIDCR encourages dentists to use this award to pursue a program that includes didactic and supervised research experiences that result in the PhD degree. Candidates may devote the remaining 25% effort not supported by the award to clinical activities, including specialty training, that are consistent with goals of the K08 program. An expectation of the K08 award is that, through this sustained period of research career development and training, awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (e.g., R01) funding or other sources of independent research support. Applicants must have a sponsoring institution and mentor. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.​
  • NIDCR Dentist Scientist Career Transition Award for Intramural Investigators (K22)

  • NIDCR Dentist Scientist Career Transition Award for Intramural Investigators (K22 Clinical Trial Required)
    Provides highly qualified dentists in current NIH Intramural postdoctoral fellowship positions with an opportunity to receive further mentored research experience in the NIH Intramural program, and then provides them with independent funding to facilitate the transition of their research programs as new investigators at extramural institutions. The first phase of the K22 award provides support for continuing the mentored intramural postdoctoral training for up to two years. Following the mentored phase, the individual may request up to 3 years of support to conduct research as an independent scientist at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, been offered and has accepted a tenure-track (or equivalent) full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent). This support is to allow the individual to continue to work toward establishing his/her own independent research program and prepare an application for an NIH research project grant (R01 or equivalent).
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23 - Independent Clinical Required)
    Supports three to five years of supervised study for clinically trained professionals with a doctoral degree to pursue training in patient-oriented research. Patient-oriented research is defined as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials, and; 4) the development of new technologies.

    Candidates must have a sponsoring institution and mentor. Salary, fringe benefits, and training-related expenses are provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Required)
    This two-phase award provides the opportunity for promising postdoctoral scientists to receive both mentored and independent research support from the same award. The initial 1-2 year mentored phase will allow investigators to complete their supervised research work, publish results, and search for an independent research position. The second, independent phase, years 3-5, will allow awardees who secure an assistant professorship, or equivalent position, to establish their own research program and successfully apply for an NIH Investigator-Initiated (R01) grant. Outstanding postdoctoral candidates who have terminal clinical or research doctorates (or equivalent doctoral degrees) and who have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research training at the time of initial application, or subsequent resubmission(s) are eligible. Former principal investigators of NIH Small Grants (R03) or Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21) are not eligible for this award.

    The NIDCR welcomes applications from postdoctoral scientists seeking to establish an independent research career in social, behavioral, biomedical, and biological science fields relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in oral health research.

    For more details regarding the Pathway to Independence Award, see the NIH extramural training website.
  • NIDCR Dual Degree Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

  • NIDCR Dual Degree Dentist-Scientist Pathway to Independence Award  (K99/R00-Clinical Trial Required)
    NIDCR is also sponsoring a K99/R00 award program limited to dentist-scientists possessing both a DDS/DMD clinical degree and a PhD (or equivalent) research degree. This program is similar to the standard NIH-wide K99/R00 program, but has several unique features. For this award mechanism, the mentored K99 phase is required to last two full years--no early activations of the R00 phase will be permitted. In addition, awardees who are offered independent positions in a U.S. dental school in conjunction with a dental specialty training program will be allowed to request up to 5 years of R00 phase support. In such cases, the specialty training program must be structured so that no more than the equivalent of 3 calendar person months (i.e. 25% effort) in any year is devoted to clinical activities; at least the equivalent of 9 calendar person months (i.e. 75% effort) each year must comprise protected research time. NIDCR will not provide funding for the clinical specialty training; the dental school hiring the R00 awardee will be expected to support such training. Letters specifying this commitment will be required as part of the application to transition to the R00 phase. Dual degree dentist scientists who do not intend to pursue specialty training or those who complete the mentored postdoctoral phase and then elect not to participate in specialty training are still eligible for this award, but are limited to three years of R00 support.
    Dentists who have used a previous NIDCR-funded K08 or K23 award to earn the PhD degree are also eligible for the dentist-scientist K99/R00 award mechanism. Such applicants must have completed the PhD before applying. All other eligibility requirements and conditions of the K99/R00 mechanism apply.
  • Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25-Independent Clinical Trial Required)
    Supports career development of investigators with quantitative scientific and engineering backgrounds outside of biology or medicine who wish to focus their research on behavioral, basic or clinical biomedical research. Candidates must have an advanced degree in a quantitative area of science or engineering (e.g. MSEE, PhD, DSc) and have a sponsoring institution and mentor. Salary, fringe benefits and additional funds for research support are provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
Last Reviewed
July 2018