A complete list of training programs and their funding mechanisms is available at Office of Intramural Training & Education: Training Programs in the Biomedical Sciences. In addition to these NIH intramural award programs, trainees are encouraged to apply for additional competitive award programs, fellowships, and grants, which are discussed below.
Trainees can apply for fellowships or grants to support their education, training, and specific research projects. These opportunities can also help trainees transition into independent positions. That said, often these terms are used interchangeably, and a grant's title might even include the word fellowship!
We encourage all fellows to practice applying for grants to support their research projects. This is an acquired skill that takes ample practice and patience. Developing grant writing skills is an important component to your research training.
AWARD PROGRAMS TO CONSIDER
For Prospective Fellows
- Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award Program (for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows)
For Current Fellows
- NINDS Competitive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (NCFA) (for postdoctoral fellows)
- NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training program (PRAT) (for postdoctoral fellows)
- K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award (for postdoctoral fellows)
- K22 Career Transition Award for NINDS Intramural Clinician-Scientists (for clinician-scientists)
- Fellows Award for Research Excellence (for postdoctoral fellows)
- Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Human Frontiers Science Program Fellowships (for postdoctoral fellows)
- ALS Research Funding Opportunities (for postdoctoral fellows)
- Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research (for postdoctoral fellows)
- American Epilepsy Society Early Career Funding (for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinician-scientists)
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (for postbaccalaureate fellows)
Please contact Dr. Yvette Pittman if you are interested in applying for any of the following awards.