NINDS Health Disparities in Tribal Communities SIP

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COVID-19 UPDATE: We are now able to share information regarding the 2021 NINDS/NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP), High School Summer Internship Program (HS-SIP) and the Health Disparities in Tribal Communities Summer Internship Program. Unfortunately, it is clear that we still face uncertain times with continuing difficulty integrating trainees who started during the pandemic. Therefore, we want to let you know that all 2021 NINDS Summer programs will be fully virtual this summer. The 2021 Summer Program Cohorts has been selected. We look forward to the next application cycle starting in mid-November 2021.

For information about COVID-19, go to the following link https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus.


Graduate and undergraduate students selected for this fully-funded summer internship program will spend 8-10 weeks working side-by-side with NINDS leading scientists in an environment devoted to the study of fundamental elements of the nervous system, neurological processes, neurodegenerative diseases, movement disorders, brain cancer, and stroke (NINDS Research Principles). Summer fellows will work with mentors in the NINDS Division of Intramural Research (DIR), where they will be immersed in a scientific culture and explore essential elements of basic, translational, and clinical research. In addition to performing full-time research, summer fellows will work closely with the NINDS SIP Office, meeting weekly to assess their progress and work toward goals. Fellows will also meet weekly with their cohort of trainees for several activities, including journal club, resume building, and poster development.

Summer fellowships are full time with a stipend commensurate with educational level, and include round trip travel to the program. Fellows who receive an Exceptional Summer Student Award are also eligible for a travel award to a student conference to present their summer research project.

The NINDS goal for this summer program is to achieve at least one of the many  benefits that result from a diverse scientific workforce, including: fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the research, advancing the likelihood that underserved or underrepresented populations participate in and are well-served by health research, enhancing public trust, and improving the quality of health and wellness for all communities.

As noted in NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-18-210), research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. 

Questions about the NINDS Health Disparities in Tribal Communities SIP program should be directed to:

Dr. Angel de la Cruz Landrau
Coordinator, Summer Internship Office
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health
301-496-0899
angel.delacruzlandrau@nih.gov