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National Research Service Awards

Fellowship award mechanisms are available to individuals at various stages of their education and scientific career who desire further research training in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. Opportunities are also available to institutions wishing to offer research traineeships to predoctoral and/or postdoctoral individuals.

For information on individual NIDCD National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowships, including application forms and detailed instructions, see the NIDCD Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions. The NIH Office of Extramural Research has also developed an NIH Research Training page.

The following NIDCD research training grants are described below:

For specific guidelines applicable to the fellowship programs above, see the following:

F30 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows

The NIDCD invites applications for individual predoctoral National Research Service Award fellowships (F30) to train clinician-scientists on a dual M.D./Ph.D. track, Au.D./Ph.D. track, or other integrated dual clinical/research degree programs to conduct biomedical and behavioral research in our scientific mission areas. There is a critical need for clinician-scientists who can apply both their clinical and research training to investigate problems of human health and disease. This initiative is designed to increase the number of clinician-scientists trained to conduct basic, translational, and clinical research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

The NIDCD’s Scientific Review Branch conducts the initial peer review of applications for this fellowship program, based on an expedited schedule of four to five months from submission to award. Consultation with the NIDCD research training officer is strongly encouraged during the early stages of preparing an application; see the funding opportunity announcement for contact information.

Eligibility and Requirements. An awardee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S., or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. At least 50 percent of the requested award period must be devoted to full-time graduate research training.

Submission dates are April 8, August 8, and December 8. All applications must be submitted electronically. Application forms and instructions are obtained through the Program Announcement.

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F31 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows

The objective of the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) is to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research relevant to the missions of the participating NIH institutes during the tenure of the award. The NRSA program provides up to five years of support for research training that leads to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. NIDCD F31 awards are typically two to three years in duration.

The NIDCD’s Scientific Review Branch conducts the initial peer review of applications for this fellowship program, based on an expedited schedule of four to five months from submission to award. Consultation with the NIDCD research training officer is strongly encouraged during the early stages of preparing an application; see the funding opportunity announcement for contact information.

Eligibility and Requirements. An awardee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S., or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

Submission dates are April 8, August 8, and December 8. All applications must be submitted electronically. Application forms and instructions are obtained through the Program Announcement.

Scope of Support. Individual NRSA (Fellowship) awards provide a stipend, partial support for tuition and fees, and an institutional allowance.

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F31 Diversity Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

This program provides up to five years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research doctoral degree. The program's intent is to increase the number of scientists from diverse population groups, including racial and ethnic minority groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are prepared to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, clinical, or health services research.

The NIDCD’s Scientific Review Branch conducts the initial peer review of applications for this fellowship program, based on an expedited schedule of four to five months from submission to award. Consultation with the NIDCD research training officer is strongly encouraged prior to preparing an application; see the funding opportunity announcement for contact information.

Submission dates are April 13, August 13, and December 13. All applications must be submitted electronically. Application forms and instructions are obtained through the Program Announcement.

Eligibility and Requirements. An awardee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S., or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

Scope of Support. Individual NRSA (Fellowship) awards provide a stipend, partial support for tuition and fees, and an institutional allowance.

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F32 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Fellowships)

This award for individual postdoctoral fellows offers basic and clinical scientists the opportunity to receive full-time postdoctoral research training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences within the NIDCD mission.

The NIDCD’s Scientific Review Branch conducts the initial peer review of applications for this fellowship program, based on an expedited schedule of four to five months from submission to award. Consultation with the NIDCD research training officer is strongly encouraged prior to preparing an application; see the funding opportunity announcement for contact information.

Eligibility and Requirements. An awardee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S., or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

Submission dates are April 8, August 8, and December 8. All applications must be submitted electronically. Application forms and instructions are obtained through the Program Announcement.

Scope of Support. Individual NRSA awards provide a stipend, partial support of tuition and fees, and an institutional allowance.

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T32 Awards: Institutional National Research Service Awards (Training Grants)

Institutional National Research Service Awards (training grants) are awarded to nonprofit, private, or public institutions in the U.S. to provide support for research training programs for predoctoral trainees, postdoctoral trainees, or both types of trainees in the basic, behavioral, and/or clinical communication sciences. In addition, short-term traineeships for health professional students can be incorporated into the training program. Trainees are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis.

Eligibility and Requirements. The Program Director should be an established researcher capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership for development and implementation of the proposed research training program. Such an individual is invited to work with his/her institution to develop an application for support. Trainees must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency at the time of appointment. Persons on temporary or student visas are ineligible. The applicant institution must have the facilities and resources required for the proposed program. Institutional training grants may not support study leading to health professional degrees (but may support an integrated dual health professional-research degree program), nor may they support postgraduate clinical training.

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T35 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants

These awards enable eligible institutions to provide intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools, typically during the summer, under the mentorship of experienced researchers. The NIDCD uses this award mechanism to establish a network of short-term training programs at institutions conducting federally-funded research on hearing. These awards provide students in professional doctoral programs in audiology (leading to the Au.D. degree) with hands-on exposure to clinical or translational research in the hearing sciences. During the short-term period of appointment, trainees are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis.

Eligibility and Requirements. The Program Director should be an established hearing researcher capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership for development and implementation of the proposed short-term research training program. Such an individual is invited to work with his/her institution to develop an application for support. Trainees must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency at the time of appointment. Persons on temporary or student visas are ineligible. The applicant institution must have the facilities and resources required for the proposed program.

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