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Predoctoral Fellowships & Awards in the Biomedical Sciences

General Resources
Federal Fellowships (NIH, NSF and others)
Professional & Private Organization Fellowships
UAB Funding Sources
Diversity Funding Initiatives
Postdoctoral Fellowships

NOTE: The Graduate School Incentive Program to Promote Individual Fellowship Applications will provide $250 awards to students who submit fellowship applications and $1000 additional support to students who receive a fellowship award.

General Funding and Fellowship Preparation Resources

ScienceCareers.Org -  Grants & Funding
UAB Office of Grants and Contracts – UAB processing and forms
UAB Financial Affairs: Scholarship/Fellowship Payment Guidelines Tax information regarding Fellowships & Scholarships      
UAB Graduate School Professional Development Workshops  

Grants and Fellowships 101
Writing Fellowships


Federal Funding Sources

National Institutes of Health

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (Parent F30) (PA-11-110)

NHLBI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows (F30) (PA-11-125)

NIH: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31) (PA-11-111)

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) (PA-11-112)

NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows in MD-PhD programs (F31) (PAR-11-127)

IMPORTANT: Note that only selected NIH Institutes offer Individual Predoctoral NRSA Fellowships.
Also, recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents.

See below for Institute-specific NRSA Fellowship information:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Table of Institutes/Center-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts

  •  NIH Dissertation Awards (R36)

Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36) 

AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation (R36)

NIDA Drug Abuse Dissertation Research: Epidemiology, Prevention, Treatment, Services, and Women and Sex/Gender Differences (R36)

NIMH Mental Health Dissertation Research Grants to Increase Diversity in the Mental Health Research Arena (R36)

  • And for the Future – a sample of NIH Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities (see UAB OPE Funding for a complete listing)

Individual Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowships (F32) (offered by ALL NIH Institutes)

NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (offered by all NIH Institutes)   

NIH LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS(all available to PhD as well as MD trained postdocs)

  • NIH Resources

NIH Forms and Applications 

SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application for NIH and AHRQ
Individual NRSA Progress Report for Continuation Support Forms
(PHS 419-9)

Standard Application Receipt Dates (check specific Institutes for exceptions)
NIH Center for Scientific Review  
NIH Fellowship Study Sections 
NIH eRA Commons
NIH Office of Extramural Research   
NIH RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools)

National Science Foundation

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants
Specialized Information for Graduate Students
NSF FastLane Introduction: NSF online application process 

Other Federal

Environmental Protection Agency Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study
Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowships
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
CDMRP(Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs) – Department of Defense (cancer research


Private Organization Sources

American Association of University Women*
American College of Rheumatology Medical and Graduate Student Achievement Award
American Diabetes Association – Clinical Scholars Award (MD/PhD or optometry students)
American Heart Association: Southeast Affiliate*
American Lung Association*
American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grants (MD/PhD student interest)
American Physiological Society: (minority fellowships, travel awards)
APA Predoctoral Fellowships in the Neurosciences
American Society for Microbiology/CDC (minority fellowships)
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (travel, best paper awards)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  (summer or supplement awards)
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America*(summer or supplement awards)

Lupus Foundation of America* (summer or supplemental awards)
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
PHRMA Fellowship Awards in Pharmacology (one predoc application allowed per institution)
PHRMA Fellowships in Health Outcomes Research
Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation (MD/PhD students)
* Denotes awards that are available to both US citizen and international students


UAB Funding Sources

Comprehensive Minority Faculty and Student Development Program (CMFSDP) Fellowships
Howard Hughes Medical Institute-funded UAB Hughes Med to Grad Fellowship Program

NIH Training Grants at UAB, with predoctoral positions
Graduate School Incentive Awards to Promote Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Applications
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Travel Grants  
Graduate Student Research Day Awards (Graduate School)
Ireland Research Travel Scholarships (Graduate School)
Samuel B. Barker Awards (Graduate School)


Funding Resources to Enhance Diversity in Biomedical Research

Federal Sources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) (PA-11-112)
NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
NIH NCI Opportunities for Training and Career Development for Minority Individuals

Professional Society Sources

AACR Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research (travel award)
AACR-Women in Cancer Research Brigid G. Leventhal Scholar Awards in Cancer Research (travel awards)
American Physiological Society:* (minority fellowships, travel awards)
American Society for Cell Biology Minority Affairs Committee Awards
American Society for Microbiology (minority fellowships)
FASEB/MARC Programs
FASEB MARC Travel Awards
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Graduate Women in Science Fellowships (supplement & travel awards)
L’Oreal Women in Science International Fellowships 
Society for Neuroscience Scholars Program
UNCF/Merck Science Initiative 

UAB Sources

Comprehensive Minority Faculty and Student Development Program (CMFSDP) Fellowships
UAB Graduate Family Assistance Scholarship


Special Interest Training Fellowships

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowships
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
Grass Fellowships in Neuroscience at the Marine Biological Laboratory (14 week summer research program)
The National Academies: Internship Program in Science Policy