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Policies and Guidelines

Policies and Guidelines

Fellows' Career Development

Policies and Guidelines

Fellows' Career Development

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Fellows enjoy a wide range of opportunities at NIEHS. Learn more about the policies and guidelines associated with these opportunities.


  • In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85.
  • Section 14 of the form asks, “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?” The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.


Find the answers to many policy-related questions in OITE’s comprehensive handbooks.

Outside Activities

Learn about outside activities, such as teaching a class, that fellows may be able to participate in.

Parental Leave

NIEHS offers fellows 8 weeks of paid maternity leave and additional flexible leave options if needed.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

NIH requires a minimum of 8 hours RCR training over the course of your fellowship.

Travel Policies

Learn about travel policies for NIEHS fellows.

Vacation and Holiday

Learn about the vacation and holiday policies for NIEHS fellows.
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