Postdoctoral trainees at the NHLBI may be funded for up to 5 years, including a competitive stipend and medical benefits. US Citizens and Permanent Residents are paid through the Intramural Research and Training Act ("IRTA Fellows") while foreign fellows are considered "Visiting Fellows". Through the Division of International Services, NIH offers visa assistance for foreign-trained applicants. The stipend levels are the same and are subject to yearly adjustment. Fellows with their own financial support from outside organizations are also welcome to apply. The Office of Education staff is available to assist applicants seeking outside or additional support.
Beginning NHLBI Fellows can apply for the Lenfant Fellowships in their first two years at NHLBI. These competitive fellowships are based on the NIH F32 NRSA application, and are reviewed for merit by an NHLBI extramural review panel. Recipients receive a 10% increase in stipend for the duration of their fellow's career at NHLBI.
The NHLBI Intramural Program is a participant in the K99/R00 Pathway to Independence grant program and the K22 Career Transition Award Program. These NIH grants are for exceptionally qualified fellows and provide support for up to 2 years of training in the intramural program of NHBLI followed by support for an additional three years as an independent researcher at at academic institution (not NIH). They are competitive grants that are evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group convened by the NHLBI. Eligibility for the K22 is restricted to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. The K99 is open to all NHLBI Fellows with less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience.
Last Updated December 2012