Funding Opportunities for Intramural NIH Fellows to Consider

Axial MRI scans of a person with multiple sclerosis that have been segmented into various tissue types. Credit: Ilena George and Daniel Reich, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health


Faith Harrow Plante, Ph.D.
Director of The Office of Research, Training and Career Development


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 listed 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.


Other Scientific Areas

AFTD Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Association of Clinical Chemistry

American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)

American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand

American Hand Therapy Foundation

American Heart Association Scientific Development Award

American Psychiatric Association

American Society of Primatologists

Batten Disease Support and Research Association (BDSRA)

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation

Cancer Research Institute 

Center for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (CARD)

Charles A. Dana Foundation

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Department of Defense – Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Ford Foundation Fellowship, National Academies

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship

Hereditary Disease Foundation

Human Frontiers Science Program Fellowship

Huntington's Disease Foundation of America

Immune Deficiency Foundation

International Association for the Study of Pain

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

James S. McDonnell Foundation

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

Leukemia Research Foundation

Life Sciences Research Foundation

L'Oreal Fellowship for Women in Science

Lymphoma Research Foundation

Lysosomal Disease Network

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

Myositis Association of America

National Ataxia Foundation

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

National Hemophilia Foundation

National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Parkinson Disease Foundation 

Pediatric Endocrine Society

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

NIH Grants (extramural and intramural) 

Career Transition Award for NINDS Intramural Clinician-Scientists (K22)

Center for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (CARD)

Center on Compulsive Behaviors (NIH)

Fellows Award for Research Excellence

Intramural AIDS Research Fellowship Program

Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship Opportunities

Lasker Clinical Research Scholar Program

Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program

NIH Bench to Bedside Program

NIH Common Fund Awards

NIH Dietary Supplements (ODS) Research Scholars Program

NIH Independent Research Scholars Program

NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholar Program

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

NIH The Director's Challenge Innovation Award Program

NINDS Competitive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (NCFA)


Alexander von Humboldt 

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt Cultural and Educational Bureau

Erwin Schrodinger Fellowship (Austrian Science Fund)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBO)

Fondation Fyssen

Fondazione Telethon

Foundation pour le Recherche Medicale

Fonds de la recherche en sante du Quebec (FRSQ)

Fyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Grant

German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina

Human Frontier Science Program

Max Kade Foundation inc.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Pew Latin American Fellows Program

Research Foundation Flanders (FWO- Fonds Wtenschappelijk Onderzook)

Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)

Swiss National Science Foundation

Switzer Research Fellowship Program

Uehara Memorial Foundation