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How to Apply

Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Postdoctoral Fellows (F33) are submitted electronically through the applicants' institution.

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the Individual Fellowship SF424 (R&R) Application Guide except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

Link to: Individual Fellowship SF424 (R&R) Application Guide

Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule

 Application Receipt Date: New and AmendedInitial Review DateCouncil Review DateEarliest Possible Start Date *
Receipt Cycle 1April 8June/JulySeptember/OctoberDecember
Receipt Cycle 2August 8October/NovemberJanuary/FebruaryApril
Receipt Cycle 3December 8February/MarchMay/JuneJuly

If the application receipt date falls on a weekend, the application must be postmarked by the application receipt date and received at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) by the following Monday.

If the application receipt date falls on a holiday, (but not on a weekend), the application must be postmarked by the application receipt date and received at CSR by the following day.

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