Division of Biomedical Research Workforce

Career Path

NIH programs help to prepare the skilled, creative and diverse biomedical research workforce of tomorrow

Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate

Engaging in research projects outside the classroom during undergraduate and postbaccalaureate years is important.

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Graduate/Clinical Doctorate

The emphasis during these years is on acquiring the fundamental knowledge to master scientific research or clinical discipline. An experienced mentor is critical to successful training.

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Postdoctorate/​Residency

Research during this period is increasingly sophisticated and independent. The selection of a mentor during this period is very important for its impact on the researcher's future professional career.

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Early Career

The main goal for these early career researchers is to establish themselves and their teams as experts in their fields of research.

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Established Investigator

Established researchers are focused on their independent research, and use their broad knowledge and scientific expertise to impact public health and society at large.

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Undergraduate Education

Engaging in research projects outside the classroom during undergraduate years is important.

Early Career

The main goal for these early career researchers is to establish themselves and their teams as experts in their fields of research.

Graduate/Clinical Doctorate

The emphasis during these years is on acquiring the fundamental knowledge to master scientific research or clinical discipline. An experienced mentor is critical to successful training.

Established Investigator

Established researchers are focused on their independent research, and use their broad knowledge and scientific expertise to impact public health and society at large.

Postdoctorate/Residency

Research during this period is increasingly sophisticated and independent. The selection of a mentor during this period is very important for its impact on the researcher's future professional career.