PI's are constantly looking through the database for IRTA applicants. I'm guessing you should hear back really soon. If you have a decent GPA you won't have any problem getting a fellowship.Originally posted by kinkocopies3
I applied for the NIH IRTA program, and my application has been complete (with all my letters in) for about a week now. How long does it take to hear back from them?
You must have messed up your application (ie forgot to submit something). I don't think they actually reject anyone. They keep everyone's app on file for PIs to browse thru. Some PIs will accept ppl with low stats or bad LOR if they are desperate for IRTA and they can't wait. Good LuckOriginally posted by late inthe game
I actually applied a couple years ago without really knowing much about the whole IRTA program, just sort of ran into the application. And, if I remember correctly I was rejected within days, maybe a week? Maybe two? Anyways, it didn't take them very long to make up their minds about my application. So if you don't hear for a while it's quite likely a good thing (like maybe they're actually trying to find a place for you, as opposed to finding a recycling bin, as they did for my application).
On the other hand, I haven't had nearly as much trouble getting into medical school, my application has been fairly well received. So, if that's your ultimate goal, and the IRTA thing doesn't work out, don't let it get you down.
Hands down, the best place to look is the ClubPCR Yahoo Group. It's an informal social group for IRTAs, although really ideal for any college student/recent grads who will be working at or near NIH. The vast majority of posts are for housing opportunities. This is how I found my place and roommates.Does anyone know good places to live in Bethesda for summer or places where you can find a room to share in an apartment?
I'm going for this internship this summer starting June 1st and ending August 1st but I want to avoid spending tons on housing!
Depends entirely on the lab/PI. Some want you to have research experience, others prefer candidates without any so that they can teach them their way of doing things without any sort of bias on the trainee's end. There's no set amount of research you need. Some PIs might prefer you to have research in the area you'll be working, others (like mine) won't care.I am currently in the process of applying for a tech IRTA. Does anyone know any labs that are currently in need of an IRTA. Also, how much research experience must you have to be competitive? Lastly, how closely does your previous research experience have to match the labs that you are applying for? Any info. would be appreciated. Thanks.
Hey Frank,Anyone have anymore input on this or has time to provide me with some advice on whether or not I am a qualified candidate for this program?