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Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)

  • Updated: 02/11/2014

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The purpose of the NCI F32 award is to support promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent cancer research investigators. NCI requires a clear cancer focus in research training. The primary sponsor must be the Principal Investigator (PI) of an R01, or R01-like, peer-reviewed cancer-related research grant at the time of application. For the NCI F32 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, reference 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 AppointmentPostdoctoral and Clinical Fellows
Geographic LocationF32 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 3 yrs 
The F32 award is not renewable

Financial Support

Stipend Update

#of Years
Stipend for FY 2014
7 or more$55,272

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 $4,500 per year
Tuition and fees for each post-doctoral trainee in a formal degree-granting programThe 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 $7,850 (in FY12) annually for each postdoctoral trainee to help defray other research training expenses, such as health insurance (self-only or family, as applicable), staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, research supplies, and faculty/staff travel directly related to the research training program

Program Announcement & Related Links

Program AnnouncementRuth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)
Current List of F32 AwardsNIH RePORTER
Link of Peer Review Groups
Application Form and DetailsLink to Application Form and Details
Review Criteria
Activation Form
Payback Agreement
Termination NoticeTerminations are submitted via xTrain by the institutes' business official