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NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (Parent F31)

NIGMS supports advanced predoctoral research fellows only in fundamental biomedical science that is relevant to the NIGMS mission. Applicants must be advanced in their graduate study. Typically, at the time of application, students are expected to be in their third or fourth year of graduate training and to have progressed to Ph.D. candidacy by the time of award. In addition, applicants must have identified a research sponsor and a dissertation project that must be in basic biomedical sciences relevant to the NIGMS mission, and includes a promising approach to the problem as well as strong training potential. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Because of the strong commitment to supporting predoctoral students through institutional training grants, NIGMS expects funding for this F31 fellowship to be highly competitive, and anticipates funding only a very limited number of applications in any year.

NIGMS seeks to fund predoctoral students through this F31 fellowship in a wide variety of training settings and regions across the country.

NIGMS also takes into consideration the level of the sponsor’s extramural support in making its funding decisions in alignment with NIGMS Funding Policies.

For information on various factors that are considered in making funding decisions, please see and

For more information about this fellowship, see, or contact the program officer for the support area that is relevant to your proposed research field.

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This page last reviewed on July 21, 2016