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Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management

We are considering reopening the Sabbatical program for the Fall 2023 term. We hope to accept applications later this year for 4- to 8- week Sabbaticals between October and December. However, given the nature of the pandemic, we may not be able to accommodate participants if the NIH campus is not fully opened.

Program Overview

The Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management at the National Institutes of Health is a 4- to 8-week independent study experience for mid-career clinical research investigators and managers of clinical research programs. While on approved sabbatical from their place of employment, participants are connected with NIH experts to learn best practices and develop new solutions to manage a clinical research enterprise. Sabbatical participants do not engage in clinical research at the NIH.

Application Process

Sabbaticals are generally permitted in the winter, spring, and fall. Applications are reviewed two to three times a year.

Submitting your application

To apply, please send your information via email to [email protected]:

  1. Updated curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement detailing specific learning goals and timeline for sabbatical
  3. Statement from supervisor/dean/co-investigator

Sabbatical Experience

Interest Areas and Topics: Guided by staff in the NIH's Office of Clinical Research Education and Collaboration Outreach, participants may select areas of interest, including:

  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Support Services
  • Legal and Regulatory Infrastructure
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Strategic Management
  • Data Management


This training opportunity is open to extramural professionals and NIH investigators and staff who are mid-career and have at least seven years of meaningful clinical research experience beyond an advanced degree in their field. This program is open to both U.S. and international applicants. Typically, candidates should fit into one of the following four categories:

  • Principal investigator conducting research
  • Administrative professionals managing a clinical research program
  • Healthcare professionals managing a clinical research program
  • Institutional officers overseeing research

Individuals interested in learning the fundamentals of human subjects research should consider the  NIH Clinical Research Curriculum.

Length: The length of the sabbatical experience is flexible and tailored to the interest of the sabbatical participants, but generally will not exceed two months.

Support: There is no fee for participating in the program. Stipends are not provided by the NIH for travel or living expenses, so individuals must be self-supported or supported by their home institution.

Contact Us

Course Co-Directors: David J. Eckstein, Ph.D.
Anne Zajicek, M.D., Pharm.D.

Email: [email protected]


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