2024 NIDA Summer Research Program – Mentor Registration

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is recruiting research sites for the 2024 NIDA Summer Research Internship Program, which is now entering its 27th year of offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students.  Since the program’s inception in 1997, nearly 1400 students have gained valuable research experience, and many have gone on to pursue careers in biomedical research.

This program is directed through NIDA’s Office of Diversity and Health Disparities and is intended to support the growth of a diverse biomedical research workforce in substance use and addiction science.  If you are passionate about increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce and providing growth opportunities for budding scientists, and you feel that your research site can provide a rewarding summer research experience for undergraduate students, please consider hosting a summer student.  

Undergraduate students selected by NIDA are matched with NIDA-funded PIs to work on projects for 8 weeks during the summer.  Students submit their applications to NIDA in late January.  NIDA staff review the applications, make selections, and notify selected students by the end of March.  NIDA notifies PIs who register to participate if a student is matched with their research site by mid-April.   We invite you to click on this link to review the material below and register your research site no later than October 13, 2023, if you would like to participate.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Julie Huffman at  or Isabela Ellenwood at Thank you in advance for your support of the next generation of NIDA scientists!