The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is expanding and accelerating its contributions to scientific knowledge of human health and the environment, and to the health and well-being of people everywhere. NIEHS is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NSCP) is designed to provide a unique opportunity for highly motivated science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused undergraduate students to solidly connect with NIEHS and receive training in biomedical research. Students in NSCP have an opportunity for hands-on mentored research experiences, as well as professional and personal development. NSCP is committed to encouraging students to pursue careers in scientific investigation, both basic and clinical. Scientists at NIEHS are committed to sharing with students and educators the intensity, excitement, sense of discipline, and tremendous satisfaction that careers in science can impart to those who pursue them.

The Scholars Connect Program invites applications from students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), as well as students from all other academic institutions within the commuting area of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. NSCP is committed to increasing diversity in environmental health science.

What will I be doing?

With the help of your mentors, you will define a project, construct and test the hypothesis, analyze the results, draw conclusions, and to present findings at the end of every connection.  You will also participate in professional and career development opportunity seminars.

To supplement the research and training experience, the Scholars will:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation, Science Boot Camp and the Scholars Seminar Series
  • Meet regularly with the Program Coordinator and/or OSED Director
  • Present a formal update of your projects at the end of each Connection (semester)
  • Submit additional assignments as requested (i.e., End-of-Connection Evaluation, Reflection).

Why should I apply?

As a Scholar, you will be a part of research teams striving to accomplish NIEHS research mission in areas related to human health and the environment. NSCP is dedicated to providing training in biomedical research so that you can apply your knowledge outside the classroom and gain career-changing experiences. 

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~ $2,300/month (Full-Time Summer Connection); ~ $850/month (Part-Time Fall and Spring Connections)

Program Dates

Summer Connection: June 1, 2021–August 6, 2021 Full-time

Fall Connection: September 7, 2021–November 19, 2021 Part-time

Spring Connection: January 3, 2022–April 15, 2022 Part-time

Dates are subject to change

ORISE is continuing normal program operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity will be offered as long as the NIH Laboratory is able to complete the onboarding process and ensure a meaningful experience to participants. We encourage you to apply and submit your application as soon as possible. 

This program, administereded. by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Participants do not become employees of NIH, NIEHS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.