Emerging Talent Program

The Potential for Success Stories - Where Potential Meets Opportunity, and Success Becomes Reality.

We are thrilled to introduce the Emerging Talent Program (ETP), a dynamic new program designed for NIH GS 5-11 employees and equivalents. This program will provide a comprehensive opportunity for skill enhancement, professional growth, and cross-NIH collaboration. Participants will experience a holistic approach to federal career development through a thoughtfully curated curriculum. Each participant will have the opportunity to hone essential skills including effective communication, emotional intelligence, networking, conflict resolution and more, with the support of Training Center instructors and NIH subject matter experts.

ETP celebrates the richness of diversity. This program is built on the foundation of inclusivity, welcoming individuals from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we aim to create a space where every participant's unique voice is not only heard but valued.

Program Eligibility:

  • NIH Federal Employee
    • Must be on a Permanent/Indefinite Appointment
    • Must be within the GS-5 to GS-11 and Wage-Grade or Title 42 equivalent 
    • Not currently appointed under the Pathways program

2024 ETP Features and Structure

  1. An in-person 2-day orientation/kick-off on NIH main campus (Natcher building)
  2. Duration of six months with 12 total training days
  3. Cohort size of 30 participants
  4. NIH experiences to connect to the mission (e.g., tours)
  5. CliftonStrengths assessment and personal results review
  6. Skills-building and knowledge-sharing sessions on topics such as oral and written communication, federal career management, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, and political savvy. 
  7. Individual Development Plan focus:  Group training and one-on-one sessions
  8. Cohort 1 is blended; predominantly in-person at NIH Training Center White Flint location
  9. Cohort 2 is blended; predominantly virtual

Tuition: $2800

Program Curriculum

Month 1

Session 1: Orientation
(2 days)

Month 3

Session 3: Emotional Intelligence
(2 days)
  • Active Listening and Feedback
  • Organizational Structure
  • Building Trust
  • Reflections

Month 5

Session 5: Performance Management and DEIA
(2 days)
  • PMAP
  • Time Management
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Goal Setting and Individual Development Plans
  • Generations Matter
  • Building Inclusivity

Month 2

Session 2: Federal Career Management
(2 days)
  • Cliftonstrengths
  • Federal Career Management
  • Navigating NIH Resouces

Month 4

Session 4: Communications
(2 days)
  • Presentation Skills
  • Political Savvy/Managing Up
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Writing and Research Tools

Month 6

Session 6: Networking
(2 days)
  • Networking 101
  • Mentoring Resources

Program Dates and Schedule

NOTE: Bold dates are fully in-person.

Cohort 1 – Blended

Orientation/Kick-Off February 26-27, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | Natcher
Days 3/4 March 19-20, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | White Flint
Days 5/6 April 16-17, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | White Flint
Days 7/8 May 14-15, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | White Flint
Days 9/10 June 11-12, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | Zoom
Days 11/12 July 16-17, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | White Flint

Cohort 2 – Blended

Orientation/Kick-Off April 22-23, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | Natcher
Days 3/4 May 21-22, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | Zoom
Days 5/6 June 25-26, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | Zoom
Days 7/8 July 23-24, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | Zoom
Days 9/10 August 20-21, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | Zoom
Days 11/12 September 24-25, 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm | Zoom

Selection Process

NIHTC will solicit a December call for nominations from IC Executive Officers for two 2024 ETP Pilot groups of 30 participants each. We encourage staff to learn about this new program and express their interest to their branch leadership. IC guidance on the individual application and nominations process will be further managed within each IC and prioritized at the IC Executive Office level. IC nominations are then forwarded to the NIH Training Center for placement.

*While individual applications are not needed for the submission to the Training Center, we encourage ICs to consider using an application internally. Please note: Some ICs have their own application; while others are using this downloadable and fillable ETP application. Staff can reference the linked application for an idea of what their internal vetting process might look like. 

2024 ETP Nominations: Key Dates

  • The deadline for IC nominations closed on January 31, 2024.

Learn More About the ETP

Watch the recording of our hybrid information session from December 12th here.
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Information Session Slides

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this program available to GS-12+ employees?

Q: Why is this program only for GS-5 to GS-11?

Q: How will the tuition be paid for?

Q: How do we find additional information on what our IC’s application process is for nomination?

Q: How many cohorts do you plan to offer annually after the 2024 cohorts?

Q: Will some of the training be in-person?

Q: How many people will be selected?

Q: I’m a shift worker. Am I able to participate in the program?

Q: Can I attend the Orientation virtually?

Q: I’m a supervisor and have some questions about my staff participating. How can I talk with someone privately to get answers?

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact us at NIHTC-ETP@nih.gov.