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Division of Biomedical Research Workforce

Predoctoral Training/Clinical Doctorate

Graduate students acquire the knowledge and independence that is required to earn the research doctorate degree. Clinical students acquire the knowledge to earn the clinical doctorate degree. Most importantly, students engage in highly structured research projects under the supervision of an experienced mentor.

NIH Programs for Graduate & Clinical Students

Become an appointee on Institutional Awards:


International Research Training Grant

To support research training programs for U.S. and foreign professionals and students to strengthen global health research and international research collaboration.

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Research Education Program

For support to develop and/or implement a program as it relates to a category in one or more of the areas of education, information, training, technical assistance, coordination, or evaluation.

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Continuing Education Training Grants

To assist professional schools to establish, expand, or improve programs of continuing professional education, or refresher education dealing with new developments in the science of technology of the profession.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award

To enable institutions to recruit individuals selected by the program leadership for predoctoral and/or postdoctoral research training in specified scientific areas.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant

To provide individuals with research training during off-quarters or summer periods to encourage research careers and/or research in areas of national need.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein Interdisciplinary Research Training Award (T90) and combined Research Education Grant (R90)

To support comprehensive interdisciplinary research training programs at the undergraduate, predoctoral and/or postdoctoral levels, by capitalizing on the infrastructure of existing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs.

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You apply for Individual Awards:


Early Independence Award

To support the independent research project of exceptionally creative scientists to bypass the typical Post-Doctoral research training period in order to move rapidly to research independence.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/​PhD and other Dual Degree Fellowships

Individual fellowships for predoctoral training which leads to the combined MD/PhD and other dual Clinical/Research degrees.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

To provide predoctoral individuals with supervised research training in specified health and health-related areas leading toward the research doctoral degree (e.g., PhD).

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Individual Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

To support Pre- to Post-doctoral transition of highly motivated graduate students. The F99 activity code is intended to only be used in conjunction with a K00 Award.

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Dissertation Award

To support dissertation research costs of students in research doctoral programs. Dissertation awards are not renewable.

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Become an appointee on your Supervisor's grant:

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

Administrative supplements to currently active NIH research grants to enhance the diversity of the research workforce.

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Alert: For due dates on or after January 25, 2025, NIH is revising the fellowship review criteria used to evaluate fellowship applications and the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Training Program applications are also undergoing changes. Learn more.