F31 Individual NRSA for Diverse PhD Students & Diverse MD/PhD Students from MSTP Institutions

Fellowship support for the research training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.

Program Announcement

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

PD/PI Eligibility
U.S. citizens or permanent residents; research doctoral programs; members of underrepresented groups

Institution Eligibility
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. 

Additional Information

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 Institution.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Health Program Specialist Dr. Anahid Ebrahimi 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

Anahid Ebrahimi, Ph.D.| Health Program Specialist



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 

Diversity Resources

Awardee Success Stories 

How to Apply

F31 Applicant Assistance Webinar

Suggestions for a Good Career Development Plan