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NIH MD/PHD Partnership Training Program


Other Funding

Beyond MSTP funding, NIH MD/PhD students may be eligible for a number of individual training awards or grants. We strongly advise all of our current students to consider applying for these grants. Obtaining individual funding is recognized as a key factor for success in biomedical research and will benefit your principal investigator, medical school, and yourself. Some of these grants are listed below:


These awards fund students' stipend and tuition costs in both the PhD and MD/PhD phases of training at the same levels as the MSTP. Applications for these grants require a bachelor's degree, enrollment in a PhD program, a designated principal investigator, and at least a 12-month commitment to performing research.
Deadlines occur three times per year. The best time to apply is in the first year of full-time PhD training after submission of your PhD research proposal.

NRSA Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Degree Fellowship (F30)

The purpose of the F30 grant is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students, who have matriculated into a combined MD/PhD program and intend to become a physician-scientists.

Applicants must propose an integrated research and clinical training plan and a dissertation research project; both must be in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

The institutes listed below participate in the main F30 program. You should get in touch with the scientific research contact of each institute for application advice well in advance of the deadline. If you do not work in a laboratory 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 that institute.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has an 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.

NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31)

The purpose of the F31 award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. Such individuals include those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to become a productive, independent research scientist.