Fellowship Opportunities in Medical Countermeasures Research & Development

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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How to Apply

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A complete application package consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted.  Selected candidate must provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start.  All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation.  Click Here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume/CV
  • Two recommendations – While two recommendations are requested, applications will be considered with one recommendation information. It is preferred that a complete application package contains a minimum of one recommendation.

If you have questions, send an email to BARDA@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
8/31/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The ORISE Research Participation Program has announced seven new fellowship opportunities at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

BARDA provides an integrated, systematic approach to the advanced research and development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear agents, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases, like COVID-19, that threaten the U.S. civilian population.  This is an exciting opportunity for research fellows to be involved with such critical activities to help protect our nation. Fellows will conduct research on projects related to medical countermeasure (MCMs) development, including nonclinical model development, testing, and evaluation and clinical trials. Opportunities exist to present the results of these projects at national conferences and have the findings published in peer-reviewed journals.  Other opportunities may include providing technical and administrative support to inter-agency working groups, assisting in the development of relevant policy documents and participating in team communications with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug developers, CROs, and NIH to ensure progress toward BARDA’s mission. 

BARDA is engaged in program management; there will be no bench or wet lab research associated with these opportunities. 

Appointment packages include:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Health Insurance Allowance
  • Paid Absences (including maternity)
  • Travel allowance for attendance at conferences and/or meetings

Below are specific programs with opportunities available at BARDA.

  • Office of the Director
  • Division of Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) Countermeasures
    • Vaccine Branch
    • Burn MCM Branch
    • Antivirals and Antitoxins Branch
    • Radiological/Nuclear Countermeasures Branch
  • Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe)
  • Division of Nonclinical Development

For more details about this opportunity, please visit https://orise.orau.gov/hhs/applicants/BARDA.html

Anticipated start dates: Summer/Fall 2020

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and BARDA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of BARDA and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience, a monthly health insurance stipend supplement, and a travel allowance. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at BARDA in the Washington, DC, area. Participants do not become employees of HHS, BARDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits such as an allowance for commuting to the office.


The qualified candidate should have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields by the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Strong oral and written skills
  • Critical thinking and data analysis
  • Independence, self-motivation, and the ability to take initiative
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
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    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )