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Welcome to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)! Founded as the “Laboratory of Hygiene” in the state of Maryland (MD) in 1887, the NIH has grown into one of the world’s largest biomedical research centers with additional locations in the states of North Carolina (NC), Montana (MT) and Arizona (AZ).

With the assistance of the Division of International Services (DIS), Office of Research Services (ORS), the NIH offers talented scientists from all over the world an opportunity to share the research resources of its various Institutes and Centers (ICs). The purpose of this page is to organize web links that can assist you with your transition to the United States. We include links for those who will stay at the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. 

The NIH Office of Training and Education (OITE) also publishes a “Moving Guide” and “Postdoc Handbook” that discusses these and other helpful topics.

Visiting NIH


Before making your journey to NIH, review information about coming to NIH, including security, driving, and parking information. This is available at:

NIH Visitor Information

NIH Professional Resources


There are also many offices at NIH dedicated to supporting your professional success, such as: 

Office of Intramural Research (OIR) - responsible for oversight and coordination of intramural research, training, and technology transfer conducted within NIH laboratories and branches

NIH Guidelines on Conduct of Research – set forth the general principles of research conducted within NIH laboratoriesand branches

Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) –Research/Training and Career advising for scientists

Office of Research Services (ORS) – Scientific and regulatory support programs

Fellows Committee (FELCOM) – Group committed to enhancing the experience of all postdoctoral researchers at NIH

NIH Visiting Fellows Committee (VFC) – Sub-group of FELCOM devoted to postdoctoral Visiting Fellows issues

Research, Training and Scientific Resources Office – Clearinghouse for research support services

In cases of a scientific or personal conflict, NIH also offers several free, confidential resolution resources:

Center for Cooperative Resolution (CCR) – independent resource for resolution of lab and work-related issues

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – counseling for work and family concerns

Civil program to help prevent workplace violence, harassment, intimidation, etc.

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) – assists with equal employment opportunity (EEO) issues, such as discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation

Child Care


Pre-school for younger children, or day- and after-school care for children of any age, may be available from many sources for a fee. The NIH maintains its own Child Care Centers at several locations, but there may be a long waiting period to be eligible to use the centers. However, the NIH Child Care Center can also assist with referrals to other child-care options.

NIH Child Care Center Main Page

List of NIH Sponsored Child Care Centers

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