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Postgraduate Research Program (NCTR)

Postgraduate Research Program (NCTR)

This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and allows recent postgraduates (postdoctoral, predoctoral, and postbaccalaurate) an opportunity to initiate and conduct independent or collaborative research that complements projects at the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

Appointments are for one year and may be extended in one-year increments up to three years upon recommendation of the FDA and subject to availability of funds. 

Application Requirements

  • Applicants should have received a graduate degree in an appropriate discipline within three years of the desired starting date, or should expect to complete all requirements for such a degree prior to the desired starting date. 

  • All participants must show proof of health insurance prior to the effective date of appointment. ORISE provides no benefits for these temporary appointments; however, NCTR provides a monthly allowance (added to the stipend) for the purchase of health insurance.

  • This program is 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. 
    Note:  ORISE will process a J-1 visa (Exchange Visitor Program) or accept an F-1 (Period of Practical Training) visa 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

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National Center for Toxicological Research
Food and Drug Administration
3900 NCTR Rd
Jefferson, AR 72079

(870) 543-7391

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