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Individual Fellowship Awards

NIA fosters the development of research and clinician scientists in the following areas: genetic, biological, clinical, epidemiological, neuroscience, behavioral, social, and economic research on aging, both basic and translational.

In support of this goal, NIA funds several Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) for researchers across career stages, as well as additional mechanisms to support graduate researchers. Click on the title of each award for details. 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
Career Stage Number Title Description

Dual-Degree Students

F30 Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions with NIH-funded Dual-Degree Programs Dual-degree students who have chosen a research lab; No more than 48 months after matriculation.
Dual-Degree Students F30 Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions without NIH-funded Dual-Degree Programs Dual-degree students who have chosen a research lab; No more than 48 months after matriculation.
Pre-doctoral Students F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship PhD students at the dissertation stage (after qualifying exam).
Pre-doctoral Students F31 - Diversity Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research PhD students who have chosen a research lab and are members of an underrepresented population.
Pre-doctoral Students F31 - Diversity (AD/ADRD) NIA Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Translational Research for AD/ADRD

PhD students at the dissertation stage who are members of an underrepresented population.

Drug discovery or data science research in Alzheimer's disease and AD-related dementias.

Postdoctoral Researchers F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship Postdoctoral researchers
Postdoctoral Researchers F32-Diversity (AD/ADRD) NIA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award to Promote Diversity in Translational Research for AD/ADRD

Postdoctoral researchers who are members of an underrepresented population.

Drug discovery or data science research in Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias

Senior Researchers F33 Individual Senior Fellowship Independent researcher with at least seven years of experience after the doctorate.
Other Training-Related Opportunities
Career Stage Number Title Description
Dissertation Award R36 - Diversity Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity Students in the dissertation phase of their PhD who are members of an underrepresented population.
Predoc - Postdoc Transition Award F99/K00 Transition to Aging Research for Predoctoral Students PhD students at the dissertation stage *in any discipline* who will pursue a postdoc in aging research.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact NIATraining@mail.nih.gov. If you would like feedback on whether your research area is appropriate for the NIA, please include a one-page summary of your Specific Aims. 

How to Apply

There are three options available to submit your application to NIH:

  • NIH ASSIST: Use the NIH ASSIST system to prepare and submit your application, and track its progress through the review process after submission.
  • Grants.gov: Use Grants.gov to prepare and submit your application. (Perform an “Opportunity Number” search using the fellowship’s FOA, or follow the Grants.gov link found in the fellowship’s FOA.)  Then, use eRA Commons to track your application’s progress through the review system.
  • System-to-System: Your institution may have a system-to-system (S2S) solution to prepare and submit your application. Check with your institutional officials regarding availability. Then, use eRA Commons to track your application’s progress through the review process.

Which Submission Option is Right for Me? 

To choose the submission method that is best for you, consult with your institution’s grant office or read more information from the NIH Office of Extramural Research. Detailed application instructions can be found in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for each fellowship, and in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guides for fellowships and research grants (R36 only). 

What Are My Chances of Succeeding?

Find success rates at Success Rates on NIH's RePORT.

What is the ORCID ID Requirement?

As described in this notice, all applicants for individual Fellowship awards are required to have an ORCID ID, which is a unique digital identifier for an individual researcher. Registration for an ORCID ID takes only a few minutes.

Resubmission

Revising and resubmitting an unfunded application is highly encouraged, and can result in a higher chance of receiving funding. Find tips on resubmission. However, you cannot have two applications active under the same Funding Opportunity Announcement. If you wish to resubmit an application, you will need to wait to receive a summary statement from the original submission. 

Duplication of Effort

NIA will not support fellowship applications if the specific aims, questions being asked or approach to answering a specific question are fundamentally identical to those already proposed in the mentor’s grants.

Other Submission Resources