The NRSA T32 programs support predoctoral and/or postdoctoral training. Institutional T32 NRSA training grants are designed to allow the director of the program to select the trainees and to develop a curriculum of study and research experiences necessary to provide high quality research training. The T32 training grant offsets the cost of stipends and tuition support for the appointed trainees. Trainees must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency. Individual trainees may receive up to five years of aggregate NRSA support at the predoctoral level and/or three years of support at the postdoctoral level from combined appointments on training grants and individual fellowships.
- Predoctoral Training:
Predoctoral research training must lead to the Ph.D. or a comparable research doctoral degree. Students enrolled in health-professional training programs that wish to postpone their professional studies in order to engage in full-time research training may also be appointed to an Institutional Research Training Grant.
- Postdoctoral Training:
Postdoctoral research training is for individuals who have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., or a comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Research training grants are also used as a mechanism for the postdoctoral training of physicians and other health professionals who may have extensive clinical training but limited research experience. For such individuals, the training may be part of a research degree program.