The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research will provide up to five years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or other combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in the biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences.

  • This initiative seeks to enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates include those from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in these research areas, persons with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • At the time of the award, fellows must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent research degree program, a formally combined M.D./Ph.D. program, other combined professional, doctoral, and research Ph.D. graduate program in the biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences, or have been accepted by and agreed to enroll in such a graduate program in the academic year for which funds are sought.
  • The applicant must identify an active investigator in the area of the proposed research who will serve as a sponsor or mentor and who will supervise the training and research experience.
  • As an applicant, the candidate together with the sponsor(s) and institution are jointly responsible for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project.
  • The fellowship award provides an annual stipend, an allowance for tuition and fees, and an annual institutional allowance.

The full announcement for this program is located at PA-21-052.


Mike Humble, Ph.D.
Mike Humble, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, Basic Science
Tel 984-287-3272
[email protected]
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-15
Durham, NC 27709

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