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2016 Summer Research with NIDA Internship

Applications for the 2016 NIDA Summer Research Program will be accepted beginning on January 1, 2016.
Application deadline is February 14th

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Program encourages students from groups underrepresented in the sciences (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander), to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research.  Through this program, high school and undergraduate students are introduced to the field of substance abuse and addiction research by participating in an 8 week research internship with NIDA’s most distinguished scientists at universities across the United States.  Internship may include laboratory experiments, data collection and analysis, formal courses, participating in scientific meetings, patient interviews, manuscript preparation, library research, and literature reviews.  In addition, it is expected that each intern will deliver a formal presentation on his/her research project at the end of the internship.

 The Summer Research with NIDA program is in its twentieth year.  Since the program’s inception in 1997, more than 930 students have gained experience in substance abuse and addiction research.


  • This program supports summer research internships for high school and undergraduate students who are from racial/ethnic populations that are nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander), although students from any race/ethnicity may apply.  Graduating 2016 college seniors are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and citizens or permanent residents of the United States (no exceptions).  Applicants under the age of 18 can only be placed at research sites no more than 25 miles from their permanent residence.
  • Individuals who have participated in the Summer Research with NIDA program for two summers are no longer eligible to apply.

Scope of Support

  • High school students will receive stipends in the amount of $10.00 per hour for a maximum stipend of $3,200 for 8 weeks.
  • Undergraduate students, including graduating high school seniors enrolled in college for the fall, will receive stipends in the amount of $12.00 per hour for a maximum stipend of $3,840 for 8 weeks.
  • Please note that the research site you are matched with will work with you to arrange your schedule, method of payment, and any other logistics such as housing only if it is offered at that site.

How to Apply

  • To apply for this program fill in all sections of the online application form.  Prior to making your research site selections, review the research projects and locations listed in the brochure linked from the application form. After reviewing the descriptions, indicate on the application the three sites that best match your research interests and experience.  All efforts will be made to match applicants at one of their top three choices.

    Application components include:

    • an application form
    • current transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
    • two letters of recommendation (must be submitted by the application deadline or the application will not be considered complete)

When to Apply

  • Applications for the 2016 summer research program will be accepted from January 1 through February 14, 2016

For more information about the Summer Research with NIDA program, contact:

Julie Huffman
Office:  301-443-9798

Albert Avila, Ph.D.
Program Director

This page was last updated December 2015