NIGMS Individual Predoctoral Kirschstein-NRSA Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research are awarded to eligible individual students to support research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree, or another formally combined Ph.D. degree. Students must be current matriculants in a biomedically-related Ph.D. (or equivalent) program and strong applicants are those who have already identified their mentor/advisor. The fellowship enhances the diversity of the biomedical research labor force in the United States by providing opportunities for academic institutions to identify and recruit students from diverse population groups to seek graduate degrees in health-related research. NIH is particularly interested in encouraging the recruitment and retention of the following candidates for this program:
- Individuals from racial and ethnic groups. Nationally, these include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.
- Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
A maximum of 5 years of support is available. NIGMS provides tuition, fees and up to $4,200 per 12-month period to the predoctoral fellow's sponsoring institution to help defray such trainee expenses as research supplies and equipment. The tuition, fees and institutional allowance are detailed in NOT-OD-07-052.
For more information on Individual Predoctoral Kirschstein-NRSA Fellowships, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, March 7, 2014 (PA-14-148), NRSA policy guidance or contact Dr. Shawn Drew Gaillard at 301-594-3900.
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