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F30: Individual Predoctoral Dual Degree Fellows Award from NIA

NIA supports two fellowships for dual-degree students doing research in the aging field. Students who attend an institution with an NIH-funded dual-degree program should apply to PA-23-260. Students who attend an institution without an NIH-funded dual-degree program should apply to PA-23-261. The application and awards are otherwise identical. Consult with program administrators at your institution to determine which funding mechanism is appropriate for you. All F30 recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of award. View other NIA fellowships available to graduate students.

Important Dates

NIH NRSA fellowships are awarded in three cycles every year, as described below.

NIH NRSA Fellowship Award Cycle
Receipt Cycle Application or Resubmission Due Date Initial Review Date Earliest Possible Award Start Date
1 April 8 June/July December
2 August 8 October/November April
3 December 8 February/March July

You must be no more than 48 months after matriculation into your initial, medical training program by the application due date. Should an initial submission be unsuccessful, you are permitted to resubmit a revised F30 application after the 48 month limit.

Award Duration

The F30 can support up to 6 years of predoctoral research training for dual degree students. This includes any time spent on an institutional T32 training grant. Speak to your graduate program director to determine whether you have been funded on a T32. At least 50% of the F30 award duration must be devoted to full-time PhD research.

How to Apply

Find information on applying.

To choose a study section to indicate on your Assignment Request Form, consult the list of NIH Fellowship study sections.

NIA F30 Stipend and Funding Levels (2023)

Yearly award budgets are composed of stipends, tuition and fees, and institutional allowance, as described below. Updated information on budget levels can be found in NOT-OD-23-076.

NIA F30 Stipend and Funding Levels (2023)
Stipend Maximum Tuition Institutional Allowance
$27,144 $21,000 $4,550

Tuition and fees paid can be 60% of total institutional tuition, or $21,000, whichever is less.

Institutional Allowance may be used to cover expenses such as health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel to scientific meetings.

Childcare Costs

Additionally, each fellow may request $2,500 per year to defray childcare costs from a licensed provider. Learn more in the Frequently Asked Questions on Childcare Costs.

Components of an Individual Fellowship Application

Each fellowship application requires many parts; you should begin preparing your application well before the deadline. Below find the major components of an application and their length limits:

Individual Fellowship Application Components
Application Component Length Limit
Abstract 30 lines of text
Project Narrative 3 sentences
Applicant Biosketch* 5 pages
Sponsor Biosketch 5 pages
Applicant Background and Goals for Fellowship Training 6 pages
Specific Aims 1 page
Research Strategy 6 pages
Sponsor Statement 6 pages
Description of Institutional Environment and Commitment to Training 2 pages
3-5 Reference Letters 2 pages each

*A biosketch is a document containing a curriculum vitae (CV), a personal statement, and description of past research experience.

Detailed instructions for each application part can be found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

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