Graduate (PhD) Students

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Training Grants Sponsored by NIDCR

  • NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
    The purpose of the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers. NIDCR participates in the NIH Blueprint program and invites applications proposing dental, oral and craniofacial research.
  • Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
    Provides research training and career development support for individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Funding is awarded to principal investigators on active NIDCR grants who will serve as mentors for the diversity supplement candidates. The activities proposed in the supplement application must provide research training experiences that will facilitate the research and career development of the candidate. Eligibility is limited to citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or to individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States (i.e., in possession of a Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551). Individuals interested in diversity supplement support may contact the NIDCR Training Director . For individuals interested in finding an NIDCR funded mentor, see How to Find a Mentor.

  • Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research and Development  Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Small Business Concerns (SBCs) holding Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants that funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce and to increase the participation of women and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in small businesses by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31- Diversity)
    Provides a maximum of five years support to students pursuing a PhD degree. An annual stipend and partial tuition are provided. Additional funds are available for other training related expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate school at an accredited U.S. university and be from an underrepresented minority group or have a disability. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award. Diversity F31 applicants must include a “Certification Letter for Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity” as described in the application instructions.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31)
    Provides support to students who have identified a dissertation project and an appropriate dissertation director in an area of research supported by NIDCR as described in the Institutes Strategic Plan. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and must be enrolled in a PhD research program.They must be at the dissertation research stage of their doctoral training.
  • NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants (T32, T90/R90)
    NIDCR provides funds to institutions across the country to train PhD students who wish to pursue careers in oral health research. Students should contact the training director at the particular institution(s) they are interested in to inquire about available opportunities. Trainees must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents.
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Training at NIDCR (on the NIH campus)

  • Graduate Partnerships Program
    Allows students to conduct research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland while they are pursuing a PhD in the biomedical sciences. Prospective PhD students must apply to university programs that have a formal partnership with NIH. Candidates must submit both the university application and the online Graduate Partnerships Program application. They also must meet the admission deadline established by each program and have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence. A stipend is provided.
  • Predoctoral Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship
    Provides support to trainees to conduct their doctoral thesis research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland under the guidance and direction of a senior investigator who will serve as the trainee's mentor. The program is available to students who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the biomedical sciences in accredited U.S. universities. Fellowships are granted for one year periods to support full-time training in NIH laboratories. The maximum duration of a fellowship will normally be three years or until the student receives the doctoral degree, whichever comes first. The stipend ranges depending on experience. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required.
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Last Reviewed
February 2019