Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Parent F31- Diversity
NHLBI is one of many Institutes in the NIH that participate in the "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)". This program encourages students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to seek research doctoral degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to help increase the number of well-trained scientists from underrepresented groups. The fellowship provides up to 5 years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or other combined degrees in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.
Program Announcement (PA-11-112) for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)
Who is eligible? Individuals with disabilities, or from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds pursuing advanced degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The Fellowship applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled in an eligible doctoral program.
At the time of appointment, students must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
The opportunities? Full-time research training
Duration of support? Up to 5 years
Where? At U.S. institutions (and foreign institutions if well justified)
Applications due? April 13, August 13, December 13
Allowable Costs: This F31 award provides a stipend, funds towards tuition and fees, and an Institutional Allowance which can be used to help defray fellowship expenses such as health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel to scientific meetings. See NOT-OD-13-064 for details.
How to apply: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov using the SF 424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF 424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide for use by NIH and AHRQ applicants.
Page Limitations: All page limitations described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and the Table Of Page Limits must be followed.
Letters of Reference: Applicant fellows must carefully follow the SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide, including the time period for when letters of reference will be accepted. Applications lacking the required reference letters may be delayed in review or not reviewed. Please note that the specified Fellowship Reference Form must be used. This is a separate process form submitting an application electronically. Reference letters are submitted directly through the eRA Commons Referee Information link and not through Grants.gov. Note that the sponsor and any co-sponsors may not submit a letter of reference.
Certification Letter: Note that a Certification Letter from the applicant institution must be included with the application. This letter must address the eligibility of the candidate, and be on institutional letterhead and show the signature of an institutional official. This requirement is detailed under "Eligible Individuals" in PA-11-112.
Resources for F31 - Diversity Candidates:
The NHLBI Website also lists training programs under the category Request for Applications/Proposals & Program Announcements with the application receipt date.
NHLBI's Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR) Program Description
NHLBI's Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS) Program Description
NHLBI's Division of Lung Diseases (DLD) Program Description
Please contact the following NHLBI staff member if you have questions about this award:
Xenia J. Tigno, PhD
Lung Biology and Disease Program
Division of Lung Diseases (responding for all NHLBI programmatic Divisions)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Two Rockledge Center, Room 10183
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7952
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7952
Phone: (301) 435-0202
Last Updated June 2013