NIEHS Scholars Connect Program 2023-2024

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Scholars Connect Program

The NSCP is an academic-year (3 semesters, beginning Summer 2023), paid internship designed to provide environmental health sciences research training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-focused undergraduate students from HBCUs, community colleges and other surrounding academic institutions, to solidly connect with NIEHS, and receive frontier level training in biomedical research. Scholars also have opportunities for personal and professional development. 

Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply students must: (1) be a rising junior or senior at a 4--year college or university, or (2) completed an advanced number of credit hours in science and math at a nearby community college. 

Scholars are paired with an NIEHS research mentor who will guide them through the scientific research process of defining a hypothesis, designing and conducting experiments to test the hypothesis, and analyzing and reporting the results. Projects will be determined by the hosting lab/Principal Investigator. 

To supplement research training and experience Scholars also, 

  • • Attend career--relevant information sessions, talks, and presentations, including program orientation during the first week of the Summer Connection 
  • • Attend a 2.5--day science boot camp during orientation week 
  • • Participate in a weekly (Summer) and bi--weekly (Fall/Spring) Seminar Series, created exclusively for program participants 
  • • Present an update of their project at the end of each Connection (semester) 


Timeframe (note: dates may change slightly): 

    • • Summer Connection: June 5 – August 4, 2023 o Full--time (40 hours/week). Hours/week may change if the program shifts to a virtual format. 
    • • Fall Connection: September 5 – November 17, 2023 o Part--time (15 hours/week) 
    • • Spring Connection: January 8 – April 19, 2024 o Part--time (15 hours/week) 


Stipend (to be revised) 

  • • Summer: ~$2680 (junior)/ $2860 (senior) per month 
  • • Fall/Spring: Prorated for 15 hours/week 


The application period opens November 2022. The deadline for submission is February 10, 2023. 

NOTE: An application through ORISE, letters of recommendation, transcript, STEM major, U.S. 

citizenship or permanent residency and rising Junior/Senior status are required for consideration. 

Questions? Please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Suchandra Bhattacharjee (984-287-3778) or Program Director, Dr. Ericka Reid (984.287.3789) at

  • Biological Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Academic Year
  • Summer