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Application Fast Facts

The National Institutes of Health is a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Jobseekers with a disability can elect to submit applications via the Schedule A Hiring Authority.

Schedule A Hiring Authority

The Schedule A Hiring Authority allows applicants with a disability to apply through either a noncompetitive or competitive hiring process.

  • The noncompetitive hiring process means an applicant can apply for certain jobs whether or not a job announcement exists but must meet the eligibility status of the job and the minimum qualifications.
  • The competitive hiring process means directly applying to a specific NIH job posting as advertised at: website or applying to other federal agency job posting at: External Web Site Policy and

Schedule A Eligibility


  • For questions related to the Schedule A hiring process contact the NIH Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Sheila Monroe at or the NIH Disability Program Manager, David Rice at

Reasonable Accommodations

The National Institutes of Health provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resource (HR) Specialist on the vacancy announcement at least three business days before the closing date of this announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. If you need any other accommodation or assistance with applying please contact the HR Specialist identified on the vacancy announcement.

Visit the NIH’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion site for information on Reasonable Accommodation Policy and Procedures.


This page last reviewed on May 23, 2018

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