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 priority scientific, health-related research fields relevant to the NICHD mission. NRSA fellowships are limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Please Note: NICHD does not participate in the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Senior Fellowship (F33) program for post-doctoral research training.
Before preparing an application, prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Office of Extramural Policy, to discuss the relevance of the proposed research and training to NICHD's research priorities.
- NIH Information on Individual Fellowships (F): Provides a description of various predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships available through the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA program.
- NRSA Fellowship Award Policies and Notices: This webpage offers the latest policies, including current stipend, fee, and other budgetary levels, for NRSA F awards. Select the “Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellowship (F) and Training (T) Awards” link on the page to find the most recent notices.
- Peer Review of Fellowships: F31 and F32 applications assigned to NICHD are reviewed by committees at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) based on the scientific area covered in the application. Access the rosters for CSR committees.
- Alert: For due dates on or after January 25, 2025: Changes are coming for how most research grant applications will be reviewed. Learn about the new simplified review framework.
- NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS): The GPS outlines policies for all grant mechanisms at NIH, including fellowships, career development awards, and institutional training grants. The GPS is the ultimate resource for policy questions. NRSA fellowship policies are in Chapter 11.
- Application Guides and Instructions: This site provides links to the different sets of NIH application instructions. F31 and F32 applicants should use the “Fellowship Instructions.”
- FAQs about NSRA Fellowships: Get answers to common questions about NSRA fellowships.