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The program aims to provide funding for all NIH MD/PhD students at a level similar to that received by MD/PhD students in MSTP-funded combined-degree training around the country. Our main source of funding are training slots provided by each NIH institute for partnership MD/PhD students doing their thesis research with a faculty member in that institute’s intramural research program. These funds are supplementary to the NIGMS MSTP training grant, but can only be used at MSTP-funded programs, and not all programs fully participate (see list of participating programs).
We strongly advise all our current students to consider applying for these grants, as obtaining individual funding is recognized as a key factor for success in biomedical research, in addition to helping your PI, medical school, and you with funding for your training.
Funding of the Ph.D. Phase of Research
All students accepted to institutional NIH GPP programs are fully funded for their Ph.D. training years, including stipend, health insurance and travel funds.
Students in individual partnerships between their medical school and NIH laboratories must arrange their own funding for applicable Ph.D. tuition, if any, that may be charged by their institution.
Even with institutional funding, it is an important part of your training to apply for research grants, which is a very important part of success in biomedical research. Please see
this link on the OxCam scholars web site for a listing of pre-doctoral Ph.D. grants for which NIH MD/PhD students may be eligible. Note that the National Science Foundation prohibits funding of MD/PhD students for programmatic reasons.
Funding of the M.D. and Ph.D. Phases of Training
Beyond MSTP funding, there are a number of individual training awards that NIH MD/PhD students may be eligible for, that are listed below.
NIH individual physician-scientist training awards. These awards fund students’ stipend and tuition costs in both the Ph.D. and MD/PhD phases of training at the same levels as the MSTP for students in certain institutes or doing research that encompasses their mission areas. Deadlines are three times a year. The best time to apply is in the first year of full-time Ph.D. training after submission of your Ph.D. research proposal. No data of your own is required in the application. Success is based on the scientific merit of your proposal. Your medical school usually serves as the on paper sponsor of the grant and you need to discuss this with your MD/PhD program administrator as well. The NIH MD/PhD program will write a letter of support describing your training environment. Be sure to contact
Craig Blackstone, the program director with your completed proposal at least two weeks in advance of the submission deadline for this letter.
The institutes listed below participate in the main F30 program. The most recent program announcement is here. You should be in touch with the scientific/research contact for each institute for application advice well in advance of the deadline. If you do not work in a lab in the institute to which you are applying, you will need to send them a summary of your proposal to determine if your work fits within the interest area of the institute to which you are applying.
Information about Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA), (http://grants1.nih.gov/training/F_files_nrsa.htm)
National Institute on Aging (NIA), (
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), ( http://www.niaaa.nih.gov)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), ( http://www.nidcd.nih.gov)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), ( http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), ( http://www.niddk.nih.gov)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), ( http://www.nida.nih.gov)
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has their own F30 program with slightly different rules that are favorable for NIH partnership students. For example, you can apply to the NHLBI F30 as a current medical or graduate student even before you are enrolled in combined-degree training.
For students from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds, the F31 pre-doctoral fellowships to promote diversity in Health-Related research are offered by all institutes at NIH and offer the same benefits as the F30 awards including medical school tuition benefits.
NIH Loan Repayment Program
For those individuals with medical school debt. NIH has a loan repayment program that reimburses up to $35,000 per year in medical school debt (and the taxable liability associated with that funding), that is renewable until debt becomes less than 20% of the recipient’s base salary. Loan repayment is available to individual in the fellowship (post-residency) level of training or beyond. There are separate loan repayment programs for those working in the NIH intramural program and those working outside of NIH. Please see the
NIH LRP web site for more details