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NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F30 and F31)

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NIGMS welcomes Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) applications from eligible individuals who seek advanced predoctoral research training in basic biomedical sciences relevant to the NIGMS mission. NIGMS predoctoral fellowships, which generally provide up to 3 years of support, promote fundamental, interdisciplinary and innovative research training and career development leading to independent scientists who are well prepared to address the nation's biomedical research needs.

An applicant for an NIGMS predoctoral fellowship should:

  • Be an advanced Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. student. Typically, students are expected to have progressed to Ph.D. candidacy or be in their third or fourth year of graduate training.
  • Demonstrate high academic performance in the biomedical sciences and independence in his or her research.
  • Have identified a research sponsor and a dissertation project that includes a novel approach to the problem and has strong training potential.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a career as an independent scientist.

NIGMS expects funding for F30 and F31 fellowships to be highly competitive, and anticipates funding only a very limited number of these applications in any year.

The Institute will give priority to outstanding applications with sponsors who are currently supported by NIGMS research grants. In addition, NIGMS strongly encourages F30 applications from students in combined M.D.-Ph.D. (or other dual-doctoral degree, such as D.O.-Ph.D., D.D.S.-Ph.D. and D.V.M.-Ph.D.) programs at institutions that are not currently supported by the Medical Scientist Training Program.

The following predoctoral fellowships are available:

Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowships (F30)

Predoctoral Fellowships (Parent F31)

Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31)

Review and Funding

Fellowship applications are evaluated for scientific and technical merit by scientific peer review at fellowship study sections organized by the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Applications from each fellowship program announcement are reviewed as groups, and percentiled within each group. Following review, applicants can retrieve the critique (summary statement) of their proposal and priority score from the NIH Commons,

In making funding decisions, NIGMS gives priority to outstanding applications with sponsors who are currently supported by NIGMS research grants. In addition, the following factors are considered in making the funding decisions:

  • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
  • Relevance of the proposed project to NIGMS program priorities.
  • Availability of funds.

For answers to general questions about F30 and F31 awards contact Ms. Peggy Schnoor at

This page last reviewed on November 20, 2014