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

The primary objective of this funding opportunity is to help ensure that diverse pools of highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to carry out the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research agendas.

Sponsor: NIH


Fellowship awardees are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. A Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA fellowship (F32) may not be used to support studies leading to the MD., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M., or other similar health-professional degrees.  Neither may these awards be used to support the clinical years of residency training. Research clinicians must devote full-time to their proposed research training and confine clinical duties to those activities that are part of the research training program.


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. 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.

Before a Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral 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.

How to Apply

The fellowship application instructions are available in an interactive format. For further assistance contact:

Telephone (301) 435-0714