Program Description I Financial Support Eligibility Criteria I How to Apply

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NINR 2015 GPP Application Period Opens

Friday, August 1, 2014!!

Program Description

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is a doctoral fellowship training program that coordinates training and funding for PhD students attending a school of nursing. The program combines the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The goal of the program is to encourage and support the training of nursing doctoral students who are motivated to undertake careers in basic or clinical research. NINR GPP fellows focus their dissertation research primarily in areas of pathophysiological mechanisms related to symptoms and symptom management, health promotion, disease prevention, tissue injury, and genetics. To learn more about NINR’s Intramural Research Program, click here.

As part of a coordinated plan of graduate education, students will complete all required coursework at the academic institution in which they are enrolled. Dissertation research will be conducted within the Intramural Research Programs of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The student's academic advisor and an NIH scientist will serve as co-mentors for the dissertation process. All of the academic institution requirements for the doctoral degree must be fulfilled. Students will receive their doctoral degree from the academic institution in which they are enrolled.

In addition to offering unparalleled research training, the GPP experience provides a rich array of educational, career, and social opportunities. To learn more, see NINR's video interview (below) with Dawn Betters, a recent GPP graduate, or read the NIH Catalyst article “Grad Students Unite: The NIH Graduate Partnerships Program,” available at: The article also features interviews with three GPP students.


Inside the NINR GPP

Dawn Betters, PhD, RN, an  alumna of the NINR Graduate Partnerships Program, discusses how the GPP helped her to advance her nursing research career.



Financial Support

NINR will support students for up to three years. Trainee support includes:

  • a stipend
  • tuition allowance
  • modest sums for travel
  • health insurance

The student’s doctoral program/academic institution may supplement the basic NINR stipend.

Eligibility Criteria

The NINR GPP is open to doctoral (PhD) students currently enrolled in a school of nursing who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Preference will be given to applicants committed to a career as an innovative and creative leader in the nursing and scientific research community and with a research interest that is congruent with one or more focused research areas in the NIH Intramural Research Programs. To be considered eligible for the 2015 GPP, applicants must have all doctoral coursework completed no later than August 2015.

How to Become an NINR GPP Fellow

The NINR GPP is an Institutional Partnership that is administered by NINR. Students are encouraged to apply prior to their final year of doctoral coursework with the anticipation that, once accepted as a GPP fellow, they will matriculate to the NIH within one year to begin the research for their dissertation.

Before submitting an application for consideration, students are strongly encouraged to review the information about NIH’s Institutional Partnership GPP at Instructions and frequently asked questions are located in the Additional Information section at

To complete an online application for the NINR GPP:

Visit and select "Institutional Partnerships - the pathway for students wishing to enroll in a PhD program." At the GPP Application Center, please create your application using Option 3: Application for Institutional Partnerships

Through this entry point you may create, modify, and view your GPP application. To begin, create your MyGPP account by completing and submitting the Contact Information form reached via the [Create MyGPP Account] button. If you already have an account, use your login name and password to access your MyGPP Account.

Please note: Applications for the NINR GPP must include a current curriculum vitae (cv). NINR will not consider applications submitted without a cv. Additional required documents include GRE test scores, three letters of recommendation, and an unofficial transcript(s).


For questions about becoming an NINR GPP fellow, send an email with “NINR Graduate Partnership Program” in the subject line to or contact:

Dr. Mary B. Engler
Training Director
Senior Clinician/Chief, Vascular Biology Unit
Tissue Injury Branch
NINR Division of Intramural Research
1 Cloister Court
Room 253, MSC 4733
Bethesda, MD 20892-4733
Phone: 301-594-0081