About FDA

Foreign National Training Program (NCTR)

This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and provides an opportunity for recent postgraduates and full-time university faculty members from foreign countries to initiate and conduct independent or collaborative research that complements projects at the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

Appointments range from one month to one year and may be extended in increments of one year or less until the research is completed. Extensions are based on recommendation of the FDA and subject to availability of funds. 

General Application Requirements

  • All participants must show proof of health insurance prior to the effective date of appointment. Neither ORISE or NCTR provide benefits for these temporary appointments.
  • Programs are open to all qualified U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, and foreign nationals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, handicap, or national origin. 
    ORISE will process a J-1 visas (Exchange Visitor Program) according to Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requirements for a foreign national applicant selected for the program. 

Submit Application by Mail or Fax to:

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Programs - Postgraduate Research Program
PO Box 117
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117

Fax:  (865) 241-5219, Attn: FDA Programs

Contact FDA

National Center for Toxicological Research

Food and Drug Administration

3900 NCTR Road

Jefferson, AR 72079

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