Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Senior Fellows

The objective of the National Research Service Award (NRSA) F33 program is to provide senior fellowship support to experienced scientists who wish to make major changes in the direction of their research careers or who wish to broaden their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities as independent research investigators in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs).

Sponsor: NIH


Senior fellowship applicants for the F33 award must include a research training proposal that offers an opportunity for individuals to broaden their scientific background or to extend their potential for research in health-related areas as independent researchers.  These awards will enable individuals with at least seven years of research experience beyond the doctorate, and who have progressed to the stage of independent investigator, to take time from regular professional responsibilities for the purpose of receiving training to increase their scientific capabilities.  In most cases, this award is used to support sabbatical experiences for established independent scientists seeking support for retraining or additional career development.  This program is not designed for postdoctoral level investigators seeking to enhance their research experience prior to independence.


Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research training is invited to work with his/her sponsor and institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

Citizenship: By the time of award, the individual applying for the Kirschstein-NRSA fellowship award  must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (i.e., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible. Individuals may apply for the F32 in advance of admission to the United States as a Permanent Resident recognizing that no award will be made until legal verification of Permanent Resident status is provided.

Degree Requirements: Before a Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA senior fellowship award can be  activated, the individual must have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.C., D.D.S.,  D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., DNSc., N.D.(Doctor of Naturopathy), Pharm.D., D.S.W.,  Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign  institution. Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable.

Research Experience: The individual must have had at least 7 subsequent years of relevant research or professional experience and will have established an independent research career.

How to Apply

The fellowship application instructions are available in an interactive format.

For further assistance contact:

Telephone (301) 435-0714