F30 - Individual NRSA for Dual-Doctoral Degree Students in non-MSTP Institutions


F30 - Individual NRSA for Dual-Doctoral Degree Students in non-MSTP Institutions

Individual fellowships for predoctoral training which leads to the combined MD/PhD and other dual Clinical/Research degrees for students in non-MSTP programs. NINDS does not support the F30 mechanism at MSTP institutions.

Program Announcement

Due Dates for New Applications
April 8,  August 8,  December 8

Applications are open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents in dual-degree graduate/clinical programs at U.S. domestic institutions.

NINDS will not support fellowship applications if the specific aims, questions being asked or approach to answering a specific question are fundamentally identical to those already proposed in the mentor’s grants.
Whereas it is expected that the applicant will work with the mentor to develop the application, the applicant should write an original research plan consistent with the mentor’s funded research. Applicants should not simply be working towards fulfillment of specific aims already devised by the mentor. Please see NINDS policy on project overlap and fellowship applications (pdf, 108kb) for more information.

Applicants are strongly advised not to write in the second person, or to refer to themselves in the third person. It is critical that NINDS and reviewers understand what the applicant is doing, what the applicant is proposing, what the applicant themself has written, and what has or will be done by others in the research environment.

Additional Information
NINDS uses the F30 National Research Service Award (NRSA) mechanism PA-20-245 ONLY to support students at institutions without formal NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs. Students at institutions with formal NIH-funded predoctoral dual-degree training programs may apply for F31 NRSA funding PA-20-246, which supports graduate education only. 

NINDS will provide funding to applicants who are within 8 years of starting their entire MD/PhD training – funded awards will not extend beyond the 8th year in the MD/PhD program. NINDS holds strictly to the eligibility requirements described in the F30 FOA. Applicants must be within the first 48 months of their entire dual degree program to submit an initial (A0) application. A minimum of 50% of F30 funding must support research training leading to the research doctorate (during this time, 100% of full time effort to research training is expected, with a maximum of ½ day per week allowed for clinical training experiences).

Should the awardee’s timeline change following submission of an F30 application, the award will be adjusted as needed to maintain the requirement that a minimum of 50% of the support be used toward research training (at 100% full time effort). Applicants are expected to contact NINDS if there is a change in plans either before or after the award is made. For awards to be made, applications must clearly indicate the timeline of the entire dual degree program, and the portion of that program for which the award is requested.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Stephen J. Korn, Ph.D. before preparing an application, as NINDS will consider only those applications that are designed to support the training and development of scientists with interests relevant to the mission of NINDS.


Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Training & Workforce Development