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

The purpose of this fellowship award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. Such individuals include those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. For a detailed description of these underrepresented groups, see NOT-OD-20-031.

NIGMS expects all applications for the diversity fellowship to include a letter from the Institute certifying the candidate would be contributing to diversity in biomedical research. Applications that do not contain this letter may be withdrawn before review.

Applicants for the diversity fellowships 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. This award provides an opportunity for promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in fundamental biomedical science. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

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

For more information about this fellowship, see PA-23-271​, or contact Dr. Jeremy McIntyre or Dr. Joyce Stamm.

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