Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund
The National Institutes of Health, a part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, is tasked with advancing biomedical research to improve the health of Americans. One of the ways in which they advance that goal is by investing in the training of graduate students who will go onto productive, independent biomedical research careers creating knowledge that will protect and improve human health. Read more about the NIH’s mission on their website.
Is an NIH Fellowship the Right Fit for You?
What are they looking for?
The NIH invests in the training of promising graduate students who will go on to create “fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.”
What does this fellowship include?The NIH’s Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Award Fellowships provide up to five years (typically 2-3 years) of support through a stipend for living expenses as well as funds for tuition and fees.
Who is eligible to apply?Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled in a research doctoral degree program.
When should I apply?
The NIH application requires a detailed explanation of your research and training plans, and should be written with the input of your advisor. Talk to your advisor about whether you are ready to work on your NIH application. There are three application cycles per year, with deadlines in April, August, and December.
Ready to apply? Scroll down for GradFund Resources.
GradFund Resources for your NIH Application
The GradFund NIH tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of writing your NIH application. From getting to know your funder to completing the last piece of the application, this guide will get you there. It’s full of great resources from the NIH that will give you valuable insights into their priorities and application process as well as GradFund advice on how to navigate this complex application.
Use our forums to exchange ideas with your peers and GradFund staff about applying to the NIH. We also offer an online chat service called ‘Ask a Fellowship Advisor,’ where you can ask quick questions about our services, your scheduled meetings, or application procedures.
NIH Proposal Writing Tutorial
We have developed the NIH tutorial to assist you in the development of an NIH fellowship application. Our tutorial is designed to teach you best practices in proposal development, to understand how to navigate the NIH application process, and to help you with the task of writing a competitive application to the NIH including organizing all of its components.
Proposal Writing 101
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NIH Proposal Writing Workbook
Once you’ve watched Proposal Writing 101, dive into our extended NIH Proposal Writing Workbook. The workbook will take you step-by-step through the development of an NIH F-31 application.
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Schedule a Meeting
Request a ‘Help with a Funder‘ meeting if you would like to meet with a GradFund fellowship advisor to learn more about your funder’s application process and review criteria. Once you have draft materials ready for feedback, schedule an ‘Application Essay Conference‘ for in-depth review and discussion of your application draft. Learn more about our services, including additional meeting types and programming, here.