Graduate Partnership Training Program in Biobehavioral Research

National Institute of Nursing Research

Program Overview

The National Institute of Nursing Research offers the Graduate Partnership Training Program in Biobehavioral Research, with a consortium of universities that includes the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing. Other schools in the consortium include:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of California at San Francisco
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Utah

The goal of the Graduate Partnership program is to develop partnerships between Schools of Nursing participating in the consortium and intramural NIH laboratories. The program provides cutting-edge research training for outstanding doctoral students in three focal areas of science:  

  • Symptom Management
  • Genetics
  • End-of-Life/Palliative Care

Within these focal science areas, there are diverse research opportunities that range from basic science approaches to clinical trials. These opportunities are available across many NIH Institutes.

Graduate Scholars selected for this training program complete up to two years of coursework at OHSU; some coursework in statistics and methods may be completed on the NIH campus. Following completion of OHSU coursework, Graduate Scholars go to the NIH to begin research for their dissertations in an intramural laboratory under the guidance of both an NIH intramural investigator and the OHSU dissertation chair.

The NINR will support competitively selected Graduate Scholars for up to five years under an NINR/University Partnership Agreement. Funding for students includes support for tuition and fees, stipend, health insurance and a small travel allowance. Successful completion of the program will lead to the Ph.D. degree from OHSU.


Prospective Graduate Scholars in the NINR Graduate Partnership Training Program in Biobehavioral Research shall apply to the Graduate Partnerships Program at and separately and individually to the OHSU School of Nursing. To be admitted to the program, students must be accepted by both the NIH and the OHSU School of Nursing. The deadline for NIH application is April 15th.

NINR Contact

Melinda Tinkle, Ph.D., R.N.

Intramural Program Director for Research & Training
301 402-7889

OHSU School of Nursing Contact

Gail Houck, Ph.D., R.N.
Director, Academic Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs
503 494-3825