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Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31)

  • Updated: 02/11/2014


The purpose of the NCI F31 award is to support promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training for a PhD degree in a scientific health-related field relevant to the mission of the NCI during the tenure of the award. Applicants are encouraged 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. The primary sponsor must be the Principal Investigator (PI) of an R01, or R01-like, peer-reviewed cancer-focused research grant at the time of application. For the NCI F31 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.

Applicant Eligibility

  • At the time of the award, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, or a non-citizen 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 and Student VisasNot eligible for this award
Degree/Academic AppointmentPredoctoral Fellows
Geographic LocationF31 Fellows can work anywhere in the world; proper scientific justification is required
Effort Level/ CommitmentAt least 40 hours per week, full-time effort, to the training program
Duration of the AwardUp to 5 yrs 
Individual fellowship awards are generally not renewable. In rare cases in which fellowship awardees require further fellowship support, they should consult with NIH staff to obtain advice regarding submission of a renewal application

Financial Support

Stipend Update

Stipend for FY 2014: $22,476

Tuition, Fees, Training Related Expenses and Health Insurance

Tuition and FeesThe NCI will pay 60% of the combined amount requested for tuition and fees up to $16,000 per year
Training related expenses and health insuranceThe NCI will pay up to $4,200 (in FY12) annually for each predoctoral trainee to help defray other research training expenses, such as health insurance (self-only or family, as applicable), research supplies, equipment, and travel to scientific meetings.

Program Announcement & Related Links

Program AnnouncementRuth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31)
Current List of F31 AwardsNIH RePORTER
Link of Peer Review Groups
Application Form and DetailsLink to Application Forms and Instructions
Review Criteria
Activation Form
Termination NoticeTerminations are submitted via xTrain by the institutes' business official