The NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) F31/Kirschstein fellowships support promising graduate students who are pursuing training and research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH institutes. Most research-oriented fields in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences are eligible. The fellowships provide up to five years of support.

The purpose of the fellowship award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and those with disabilities. Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.


  • Applicant must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
  • The applicant must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award.  Note that this does not mean that the applicant must have been advanced to candidacy.  It merely means that the applicant must have already begun work leading toward the dissertation and must propose a comprehensive plan for the dissertation project in the NRSA application.  
  • Applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled in a PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., EngD, DNSc, Dr PH, DSW, PharmD, PsyD, ScD), a formally combined MD/PhD program, or other combined professional/clinical and research doctoral program (e.g., DDS/PhD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at a domestic or foreign institution.

Award Types 

  • $24,324 annual stipend.
  • Coverage of tuition and mandatory fees. 
  • Institutional allowance is available for fellowship expenses (health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel to scientific meetings). See guidlines

Application Process 

  • Applicants must obtain the SF424 (R&R) application package associated with this funding opportunity using the “Apply for Grant Electronically” button in this FOA or following the directions provided at
  • It is critical that applicants follow the Fellowship (F) instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, including Supplemental Grant Application Instructions except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.


  • Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • Grant applications and associated documents (e.g., reference letters) are due by 5:00 PM local time of application organization on the specified standard due dates.