This list of Frequently Asked Questions reflects those issues typically addressed in email and telephone correspondence between potential applicants and the NBBTP. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list nor presented in lieu of personal interaction. Potential applicants are encouraged to review this information and then contact the NBBTP at their convenience.

What is the NBBTP?

The NBBTP is the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program Fellowship has been established through a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The NBBTP is a fellowship that prepares individuals for a professional career in biosafety and biocontainment. The NBBTP offers two-year post baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellowships at the NIH Bethesda Campus providing a rare opportunity to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world. Fellowships provide an extraordinary learning environment and rigorous program including academic training, experiential learning, mentorship, developmental assignments, and applied occupational safety and health research opportunities.

The NBBTP is administered by CDIC, Inc., an equal opportunity employer.

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How do I request an application?

Interested candidates must download or view the application; applications are not available by mail or fax.

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What are the eligibility requirements for acceptance to the NBBTP?

Please see Program Eligibility under the Policies and Guidelines Section.

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What is the application deadline?

CDIC Inc., as the government contractor, administers the application and selection process. Applications are accepted until July 5, 2017 for Fellowships beginning August 1, 2018 for fellowships beginning January 8, 2019. Applications must be submitted as directed. Materials, including references and/or transcripts, which arrive after August 1, 2018, will not be considered on your behalf.

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Are there any standardized tests required for admission to the NBBTP?

No, but please note that all applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. All other non-native speakers must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based tests) or 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org

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How long will it take to process my application?

The Selection Committee begins reviewing applications the first day AFTER the application cycle closes. Please review the Application Dates for additional information.

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How will I know if something is missing from my application?

The NBBTP Admissions Committee is not responsible for ensuring a candidate's submission package is complete prior to review. It is the responsibility of each candidate to confirm that their application, reference forms, transcripts and any other required materials are received in the NBBTP office by the application deadline.

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How do I check the status of my application?

Candidates are welcome to call or email the NBBTP office to confirm receipt of their application materials until the stated deadline. Once the application review process begins, the status of each application remains confidential until the candidate is notified of his/her status.

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How will I know if I've been accepted to the NBBTP?

The NBBTP will notify successful candidates by mail and email of their acceptance to the program. Selection Information will not be provided over the phone.

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If my application is not successful, may I reapply?

Yes, provided all eligibility requirements are met at the time of re-application. This is a highly-competitive program offering a maximum of three positions in each Fellowship class. Non-selection should not be considered as an inability to successfully perform in this program. Re-application guidelines for candidates exist so that interested and qualified applicants can improve their applications for subsequent classes.

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Will the candidates have advisors for career path discussions and guidance?

Yes. The Program Directors serve in this role.

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What will an NBBTP Fellowship do for me?

The NBBTP provides an exciting opportunity for developing or advancing a career in biosafety and biocontainment

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Will health insurance be available for me?

Yes, please see benefits for additional information

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Is there campus housing?

No. Housing is available in the surrounding metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, including Maryland and Virginia. There is a ready supply of rooms to rent and houses and apartments to share in the immediate area. The NIH campus is situated at the Medical Center Metro stop on the Red Line. Buses and carpools are also available and ride-sharing is encouraged!

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Where is the campus?

The NBBTP is located on the National Institutes of Health Bethesda campus in Bethesda, MD.

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How long is the fellowship?

Two years

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What is the curriculum?

The NBBTP Fellowship curriculum is a rigorous program including academic training, experiential learning, mentorship, developmental assignments, and applied occupational safety and health research opportunities. Each Fellow follows an Individual Professional Development plan in addition to the completing the general curriculum.

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Does the NBBTP provide relocation assistance?

Relocation costs, if required, may be reimbursable subject to pre-approval by the NBBTP Program Director and Contract Office. While reimbursements up to the government maximum allowable amount of $3000 have been paid in the past, this reimbursement is not guaranteed.

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Do NBBTP Fellows receive a salary?

No, NBBTP Fellows do not receive a salary because the NBBTP Fellowship is not an offer of employment. However, Fellows do receive a stipend based on the NIH IRTA scale. The Pre-doctoral NIH IRTA pay scale is here https://www.training.nih.gov/predoctoral_irta_stipend_levels and the Post-doctoral NIH IRTA pay scale is here: https://www.training.nih.gov/postdoctoral_irta_stipend_ranges

A stipend increase for year two of the Fellowship may be granted within the framework of established NIH/Intramural Research Training Award Guidelines based on growth, development, and accomplishments as determined by the NBBTP Scientific Advisory Board and approved by the NIH NBBTP Program Director. Stipends are currently paid by direct deposit on the last day of each month.

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Is the NBBTP Fellowship stipend considered taxable income?

NBBTP Fellowships are considered awards for training rather than wages for services, and, therefore neither Social Security nor Medicare is deducted from stipends. However, NBBTP Fellowship stipends, including the value of health and dental premiums, may be subject to Federal, State, and Local income taxes. CDIC, Inc. does not withhold taxes from the Fellow's stipend. CDIC, Inc.'s accounting department provides NBBTP Fellows with an annual Form 1099-misc, a copy of which is provided to the IRS. Fellows are individually responsible for all tax-related matters.

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