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Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Degree Fellows (F30)

The NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service F30 Award supports promising doctoral candidates who will perform dissertation research and training for an MD/PhD degree in a scientific health-related field relevant to the mission of the NCI during the tenure of the award. The NCI encourages applicants to submit applications during the first three years of doctoral training to ensure that at least one year of dissertation-stage research training will remain at the time of award.

NCI requires a clear cancer focus in graduate research training  and gives funding priority to applications whose primary sponsor has cancer-related R01 (or equivalent) research funding. For the NCI F30 Award, R01-like research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants from other federal sources and private foundations with a duration of at least 3 years with a minimum of $150,000 direct costs per year. The primary sponsor is expected to maintain such grant support during the project period. Grants under a no-cost extension do not qualify.

For more complete information, please refer to the Program Announcement and/or contact the program staff.

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Applicant Eligibility


At the time of the award, the candidate must be:

  • a citizen of the United States,
  • or a noncitizen national,
  • or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Citizenship or green card is not needed to apply. Citizenship or green card is needed at the time of award issuance.

Foreign Nationals with Student Visas

Not eligible for this award

Degree/Academic Appointment

The F30 Program is specifically designed to support both the clinical and research training components of a combined MD/PhD, DO/PhD, DDS/PhD, or AuD/PhD program.

Geographic Location

F30 Fellows may request support for training abroad; clear scientific justification is required, including the reasons why the facilities, the sponsor, and/or other aspects of the proposed experience are more appropriate than training in a domestic setting.

Effort Level/ Commitment

At least 40 hours per week, full-time effort to the training program

Duration of the Award

Up to 6 years; individual fellowship awards are generally not renewable; consult NIH staff to obtain advice regarding submission of a renewal application for additional fellowship support


Financial Support

Tuition, Fees, Training-Related Expenses & Health Insurance
Tuition and Fees

NCI will pay 60% of the combined amount requested for tuition and fees, up to $21,000 per year.

Training-Related Expenses and Health Insurance

NCI will pay up to $4,200 annually to help defray other research training expenses, such as:

  • Health insurance (self-only or family, as applicable)
  • Research supplies
  • Equipment
  • Travel to scientific meetings

How to Apply

Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule
Receipt CycleReceipt Date: Application, ResubmissionInitial ReviewCouncil ReviewEarliest Possible Start Date*

April 8





August 8





December 8




*Start dates are determined by the availability of NCI funds and may not occur until well after the earliest possible start date.

Applications are due by 5pm local time.

When a standard submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

Review and Selection Process

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) review applications for completeness and for conformance to all eligibility requirements and special provisions and requirements. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without further consideration.

For review criteria for the F30 grant mechanism, see the Review Criteria section of the Program Announcement.

Find an overview of the grant process


NCI Staff Contacts

For additional information regarding policies and/or guidance in preparing an application, contact:

For information regarding fiscal and/or budget issues, contact:

For information regarding referral and review issues, contact:

  • Referral Officer
    Division of Extramural Activities
    Phone: 240-276-6390

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  • Updated: January 5, 2015