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October 28, 2016

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) began accepting applications for its 2017 Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) on August 1, 2016. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 1, 2016 (applications can be edited until December 7, 11:59pm ET). Three letters of reference are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

The NINR GPP is an Institutional Partnership that combines the academic environment of a university with the comprehensive research resources available at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NINR invites all PhD doctoral nursing students to consider this unique research training opportunity.

A graduate nursing student selected to become an NINR GPP fellow conducts doctoral coursework at the partnership university. After all coursework is completed, the fellow then comes to the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, to begin research toward a doctoral dissertation. NINR GPP fellows focus their dissertation research primarily in pathophysiological mechanisms related to symptoms and symptom management, health promotion, disease prevention, tissue injury, and genetics. The fellow’s academic advisor and an NIH scientist serve as co-mentors throughout the dissertation process, which is completed at NIH in coordination with the fellow’s dissertation committee.

NINR Division of Intramural Research Training Program Director Dr. Mary B. Engler encourages PhD nursing students to consider the program, noting “the GPP offers qualified students a chance to boost their research careers, working with world-class resources in the NIH labs of renowned scientists while also enjoying a rich array of outstanding educational, career, and networking opportunities.” NINR GPP fellows also receive support for up to three years, including a stipend, tuition allowance, health insurance, and modest funds for travel.

To be considered eligible for 2017, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed all doctoral coursework by August 2017. Applicants must also submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae and complete the CV/resume section of the online application. GRE scores are no longer required as part of the NINR GPP application.

For more information, including additional eligibility criteria and a link to apply, please visit: Students whose questions are not answered by the GPP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) feature on the GPP web page should send an email with “NINR GPP” in the subject line to Dr. Mary Engler at



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