Graduate and Doctoral Students

Training, fellowship, and career development opportunities.
Training at the NHLBI

Training and career development opportunities at the NHLBI in Bethesda, Maryland cover a broad spectrum of disciplines for individuals at career stages ranging from high school students, graduate students, scientists, clinicians, and healthcare professionals. Click on the program names below for detailed descriptions and information on how to apply.

Graduate Training at the NHLBI

Brings PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. Participants enjoy the academic environment of a university, the extensive research resources of the NIH, and the breadth and depth of the research programs of both the host university and the NIH.

MD/PhD Partnership Training Program

Encourages the success and development of students pursuing a future as physician-scientists in basic and translational biomedical research. The program fosters innovative and interdisciplinary PhD partnerships in an accelerated setting with a completion time of approximately four years.

Funding for Training

The NHLBI supports fellowships, research career development awards, and training/education research for those pursuing biomedical or behavioral research careers in cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic health and disease, sleep disorders, or transfusion medicine, at universities and institutions across the country. Click on the program names below for detailed descriptions and information on how to apply.

Individual

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)

F31
DIVERSITY

Enhances the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. The proposed mentored research training is expected to enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

F31

Enables promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program. 

Summer Institute in Biostatistics

Offers a comprehensive six to seven week summer training course on biostatistics at six supported institutions using data collected in studies of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.

Institution

Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award

T32
DIVERSITY

Enables institutions to recruit individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas. The goal of this program is to prepare qualified predoctoral and/or postdoctoral trainees for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. View the additional NHLBI-specific funding announcement focused on diversity.

Read the Supplemental Guidelines for the Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award.

Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research

R25
DIVERSITY

Supports research education activities that: (a) Complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (b) Enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (c) Help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; or (d) Foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications. View the additional NHLBI-specific funding announcement focused on diversity