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NIH supports training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program. These fellowships provide a stipend for salary support and a small institutional allowance to partially offset the costs of research, tuition, and health insurance.

The goal of these programs is to support promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the NICHD mission. NRSA fellowships are limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

NICHD offers fellowships in areas relevant NICHD's mission, including demography, social sciences, and population dynamics; male and female fertility and infertility; developing and evaluating contraceptive methods; improving the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals for use in pregnant women, infants, and children; HIV infection and transmission, AIDS, and associated infections; pediatric growth and endocrine research; child development and behavior; developmental biology and typical and atypical development; intellectual and developmental disabilities; gynecologic health conditions, including pelvic floor disorders; and childhood injury and critical illness.

The research interests of NICHD are described in more detail at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/grants-funding/opportunities-mechanisms/areas-research/Pages/default.aspx.

Before preparing an application, prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Dennis A. Twombly, Extramural Training Officer, to discuss the relevance of the proposed research and training to the Institute's research priorities.

Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Awards
Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
Fellowship Resources

Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Awards

 
F30

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30)

  • Purpose: Provide support for the dissertation research stages of training in combined M.D./Ph.D. and other dual doctoral degree programs
  • Eligibility: Predoctoral students in a formal combined dual doctoral degree program who plan to become physician-scientists and other clinician-scientists, including patient-oriented researchers, in areas relevant to the NICHD mission
  • Detailed eligibility criteria are described in the full announcement.
  • Parent F30 Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-150.html
  • NICHD and Other NIH Institute/Center-Specific Requirements for the F30 Mechanism: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_F30.html (The information listed on the page begins with National Cancer Institute; scroll down for NICHD-specific information.)
  • Deadlines for applications: April 8, August 8, December 8
Parent F31

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31)

  • Purpose: Provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in fields relevant to the NICHD mission (see list of eligible fields below).
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent research degree program.
    • May not be used to support studies leading to the M.D., D.D.S., or other clinical health-professional training.
    • Students should submit applications early enough to ensure that at least 2 years of dissertation-stage research training will remain at the time of award.
  • Parent F31 Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-147.html
  • NICHD and Other NIH Institute/Center-Specific Requirements for the Parent F31 mechanism: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_F31.html (information listed on the page begins with National Cancer Institute; scroll down for NICHD-specific information)
  • Deadlines for applications: April 8, August 8, December 8
Diversity F31

Diversity F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

  • Purpose: Promote diversity of the health-related research workforce by providing up to 5 years of support for doctoral candidates (Ph.D. or equivalent research degree) or up to 6 years support for combined M.D./Ph.D. degree
  • Eligibility: Predoctoral students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Detailed eligibility criteria are described in the full announcement.
  • Parent F31 Diversity Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-148.html
  • NICHD and Other NIH Institute/Center-Specific Requirements for the Diversity F31 Mechanism: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_F31_diversity.html (information begins with National Cancer Institute; scroll down for NICHD information)
  • Deadlines for applications: April 13, August 13, December 13

Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

 
F32

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Purpose: Provide up to 3 years of support for postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of an established investigator (mentor). Research training must be in fields relevant to the Research Areas Supported by the NICHD.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have received a doctoral degree at the time of award.
  • Parent F32 Announcement: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-149.html
  • NICHD and Other NIH Institute/Center-Specific Requirements for the F32 Mechanism: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_F32.html (information begins with National Cancer Institute; scroll down for NICHD information)
  • Deadlines for F32 applications: April 8, August 8, December 8

Individual Senior Fellowship Award

 
F33 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Senior Fellowship (PA-14-151)
  • Purpose: Provide up to 3 years of support for postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of an established investigator (mentor).
  • NOTE: NICHD does not participate in the F33 program

Fellowship Resources

Last Updated Date: 07/10/2014
Last Reviewed Date: 07/10/2014

Additional Resources

  • NIH Office of Extramural Research Training Page
    References to policies, funding levels, application and review process, and FOAs for all grants, fellowships, and career development awards
  • NIH Grant Application Forms
    Forms for grant and fellowship applications, non-competing continuation applications, progress reports, statements of appointment and termination, payback agreement, and grant close-out
  • Submitting Applications (Grants.gov)
    Main government Web site for submitting grant applications; provides application forms for the grant mechanism selected
  • NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)
    The NIH offers extramural LRPs in the following areas: Clinical Research; Pediatric Research; Health Disparities Research; Contraception and Infertility Research; and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. NICHD offers extramural LRPs in three of the five qualifying areas: clinical research, pediatric research, and contraception and infertility research.
  • NIH Research Portfolio On-line Reporting Tool (RePORT)
    Searchable database of all funded grants and fellowships, statistics on numbers of applications to specific NIH institutes, success rates, and other information
  • NICHD Funded Projects: RePORT
    RePORT Search Results for NICHD Funded Projects
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