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Your Environment. Your Health.


Individual Research Fellowships Funded by NIEHS

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NIEHS supports a variety of Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowships. These fellowship awards provide an annual stipend, an allowance for tuition and fees, and an institutional research allowance.

Before submitting the fellowship application, the applicant must identify a sponsoring institution and an individual who will serve as a sponsor (mentor or supervisor) and will supervise the training and research experience. The applicant’s sponsor should be an active investigator in the area of the proposed research. The applicant should work with the sponsor in preparing the application.

Fellowships supported by NIEHS are expected to focus on environmental health sciences and be responsive to the mission of NIEHS, which is to discover how the environment affects people to promote healthier lives. Fellowship proposals should examine how environmental exposures are, or might be, involved in a human health endpoint such as a specific human disease, dysfunction, pathophysiologic condition, or relevant disease process.

Examples of environmentally relevant toxicants include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, and fungal/bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Agents considered non-responsive to this announcement include, alcohol, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation when it is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure, and infectious or parasitic agents. An exemption to this is when agents are studied as co-factors to an environmental exposure and the research is aimed at understanding their joint biological effects.

Fellowship proposals may also include research in the environmental public health field in which communities exposed to environmental exposures are actively engaged in all stages of research, dissemination, and evaluation. Through these programs, fellows would learn how to conduct research using community-based participatory methods, create outreach and education strategies, and translate research findings to stakeholders. Examples of proposals in the environmental public health field include:

  • Developing new research and evaluation methodology to improve the theories and implementation strategies for working with communities to address their environmental health concerns.
  • Examining exposure-related diseases that are of great concern to a community.
  • Investigating emerging environmental threats to communities.
  • Studying the health effects of environmental exposures that disproportionately burden low income or minority communities.

Related Notices

  • Announcement: Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows.
  • Notice of Correction to Application and Submission Information: Availability of Administrative Supplements for Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows.
  • Notice of Special Interest: Availability of Administrative Supplements for Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows.
  • Reminder: Requesting Extensions for Early Career Scientists Whose Career Trajectories Have Been Significantly Impacted by COVID-19.

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Program Contact

Michael C. Humble
Mike Humble, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, Basic Science
Tel 984-287-3272
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-15
Durham, N.C. 27709
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