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Foreign Nationals in the Intramural Research Program (End FY21)

FTE Personnel

Intramural Professional Designation (IPD) Total Foreign Nationals
Senior Investigator (including
NIH Distinguished Investigators)1
812 4 (0.5%)
Investigator (Tenure-Track)1 235 21 (9%)
Senior Clinician1 33 0
Senior Scientist1 46 0
Assistant Clinical Investigator1 36 4 (11%)
Staff Clinician3,4 344 20 (6%)
Staff Scientist2,3 1,587 104 (6%)
Clinical Fellow/Senior CF2 274 48 (18%)
Research Fellow/Senior RF2 438 277 (63%)

Non-FTE Trainees5

Trainee Type Total Foreign Nationals
Postdoctoral 2,196 1,435 (65%)
Predoctoral (graduate students) 431 60 (14%)
Postbaccalaureate IRTA/CRTA (includes Bach. CRTA) 1,648 not applicable
Master's CRTA 37 not applicable
Student, Short-Term (summer6, medical/dental, pre-Bac CRTA, etc.) 8637 not applicable

Note: IRTA/CRTA are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents; Foreign Nationals (on visa, non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents)

Data Source:
1 Office of Intramural Research (OIR), 9/30/2021.
2 Human Resources data in NIH nVision, 9/28/2021.
3 nVision contains IPD information only for appointments under Title 42. Thus, nVision Staff Clinician and Staff Scientist numbers do not include those with appointments under Title 5, Title 38 or the PHS Commissioned Corps. For StSc there is a very small number in T5, mostly legacy (<50).
4 For Staff Clinicians, the most accurate number shown on the table is a combination of those in nVision (235) plus those uniquely on the Clinical Center Credentialing Office list of StCl, who are confirmed employees in other pay systems (Commissioned Corps, T5, T5/T38) by OHR (109), since the credentialed list also includes non-FTEs (e.g., volunteers, contractors). The numbers shown are only FTEs. Foreign Nationals FTEs can only be under Title 42.
5 NIH nVision - Fellowship Payment System, 9/28/2021.
6 Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE), OIR.
7 NOTE: 835 of these were summer interns through the Summer Internship Program (SIP), which for 2021 was only virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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