Student Opportunities in Medical Countermeasures Research & Development

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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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 enrollment 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
  • One recommendation

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

Application Deadline
4/30/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The ORISE Research Participation Program has announced new fellowship opportunities at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within 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 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 preclinical model development, non-clinical 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, interacting with academic and industry partners, and participating in team communications with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug developers, Contract Research Organizations (CROs), and National Institute of Health (NIH) all 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. Virtual presentations or travel for presentations at conferences/meetings may be required pending pandemic related travel restrictions. BARDA anticipates maintaining a largely virtual environment. The appointment is part-time, term appointment (May – August 2022), with an option for part-time participation (from their University) during the academic year and is contingent on the availability of funds. Given our current remote telework posture, 100% telework from remote sites outside of the Washington, D.C. area can be considered. 

Please visit to learn more about BARDA.

Below are specific opportunities for Current Students available at BARDA:
  • Office of the Director
  • Division of Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) Countermeasures
  • Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe)
  • Division of Nonclinical Development (DNCD)
  • Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases Division (IEIDD)
  • Division of Clinical Development  (DCD)
  • Division of Pharmaceutical Countermeasures Infrastructure (PCI)
  • Detection, Diagnostics, & Devices Infrastructure Division (DDDI)
  • Regulatory & Quality Affairs (RQA)
Appointment packages include:
  • Monthly stipend
  • Health Insurance Allowance
  • Paid Absences (including maternity)
  • Travel allowance for attendance at conferences and/or meetings

For more details about this opportunity, please visit

Anticipated start dates: 2022; start dates are flexible

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 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. 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 be currently pursuing a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields.

Graduates please apply at: HHS-BARDA-2022-01

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: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
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    • Mathematics and Statistics (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )