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Division of Intramural Research

Lenfant Fellowships

The Lenfant Biomedical Fellowship is a competitive award granted to outstanding postdoctoral fellows in the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research (DIR). The fellowship is named after a past Director of the NHLBI, Dr. Claude Lenfant (1982-2003) who was a strong supporter of excellence in the DIR research program. The intent of this program is to recognize and provide additional support to those fellows committed to pursuing a career in research. The recipient of the Lenfant fellowship will receive an increase in stipend support (up to 10%) depending on their employment mechanism.


The purpose of the Lenfant Fellowship program is to reward recent NHLBI fellows in a parallel fashion with the Ruth Kirschstein NRSA awards in the NHLBI Extramural Program.  It also provides valuable grant writing experience for NHLBI Fellows. 

Eligibility and Application Procedure

NHLBI Postdoctoral Fellows who have been in the NHLBI intramural program for less than two years are eligible to apply.  An application form is submitted to the NHLBI Office of Education for review. 


All applications will be reviewed by an NHLBI review committee according to the standard criteria for F32 fellowship review, on the web at

Selection Criteria

A committee of NHLBI Investigators will make the final selections based on the assigned scores from the review committee and the number of awards available, which may vary from year to year. It is expected that all applications judged to be of High Impact will be funded.


Lenfant fellowship winners will receive an increase in their stipends at their next renewal date. Winners will be expected to present their results at the annual DIR Scientific Retreat.

Conclusion and Evaluation

At the end of their fellowship, Lenfant fellows will submit a report detailing the outcomes of the research proposed in their project, as well as a summary of the career development activities in which they participated.

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Last Updated December 2012

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