Fellowship support for the research training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.
Due Dates for all Applications
April 8, August 8, December 8
U.S. citizens or permanent residents; research doctoral programs; members of underrepresented groups
U.S. domestic institutions; foreign institutions
NRSA Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels
Please see NOT-OD-23-076 for the latest funding levels.
NINDS provides National Research Service Award (NRSA) training fellowships to outstanding predoctoral candidates from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The intent of this program is to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented populations in biomedical research. Award recipients will receive up to five years of research training leading to a PhD. or equivalent research degree, a combined MD-PhD. degree, or another formally combined professional and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences who are within their first 6 years of graduate school. Support is NOT available for individuals enrolled in medical or other professional schools UNLESS they are enrolled in a combined professional doctorate/PhD degree program in biomedical or behavioral research at an MSTP Intitution.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Program Director Dr. Marguerite Matthews for additional information.
Applicants for diversity-related fellowship programs will be expected to attach a Description of Candidate’s Contribution to Program Goals, explaining how the candidate’s participation would further the goals of the program to promote diversity in health-related research (see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity NOT-OD-20-031).
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, 131 KB) for more information.
Relevant Policy Notices
Change to Standard Due Dates for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research (F31 - Diversity) (NOT-OD-17-029)
Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D. | Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity
Marguerite Matthews, Ph.D. | Program Director
*Upcoming Event* Diversity F31 OPEN House (May 9, 2023)
Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity
NRSA FY2023 Stipend levels - NOT-OD-23-076
F31 Award Information from NIH
F31 Applicant Assistance Webinar