National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Infectious Diseases and Inflammatory Disorders Training Program

The Infectious Diseases and Inflammatory Disorders Training Program sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is an innovative research program that provides an in-depth exposure to biomedical concepts, modern biomedical research areas, and an intensive, “hands-on”, well structured 12-week research experience. The NIAID program will match talented medical students with fully funded NIH research faculty mentors, and the program couples the daily research experience with an ongoing series of, summer research seminars, peer round table research discussions, oral presentations, and mentoring from outstanding UTMB faculty. Additionally, medical students will have the opportunity to choose basic, clinical, translational or behavioral research projects. The program’s goal is to encourage medical students to pursue a career in research in the areas of infectious diseases, inflammatory disorders, asthma and allergic responses, and gut/liver infections and cancer.


The NIAID Program will be held on the campus of UTMB Galveston and will occur for 12 weeks during the months of May - August. Flexibility will be given to students concerning the begin and end dates of the research project. However, students must commit to a minimum of 8 weeks in order to receive a beneficial research experience.


A $1,765 per month stipend will be provided to cover living expenses including lodging and food.


The program selection criteria for students' include:

  • A legal residence within the United States or Citizenship
  • Successful completion of a least one semester of medical school
  • Completed Application Form (see link below)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from medical school professors
  • Personal statement detailing interest in basic or clinical research


Applications available online. To request an application by mail or email, send a request to Driana Urbina, Business Coordinator at Medical students between their first and second year are encouraged to apply. All application materials must be received by February 10, 2013.

Applications must be mailed to the address listed below:
Special Programs – NIAID
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
1.206 Ashbel Smith Bldg.
Galveston, TX 77555-1308


In the selection process, a priority score will be assigned to each applicant. The process will be a highly competitive one because it will provide opportunities for medical student who are truly driven to succeed in a research environment. Special emphasis will be placed on the applicant's academic record and the recommendations provided by the applicant's professors. Aside from these credentials, strong consideration will be given towards the motivation for a research career as noted in the personal statement. Students will be selected from UTMB and from medical schools across the United States.

For more information, please contact::

Lynn Soong, M.D., Ph.D.
NIAID Infectious Diseases and Inflammation Disorders Training Program
(409) 772-8149

Lisa D. Cain, Ph.D.
Medical School Enrichment Programs
(409) 772-6063