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. Applicants for the F30 must be within 48 months of matriculation into an accredited MD/PhD program at the time of application.
NCI requires a clear cancer focus in graduate research training and gives funding priority to applications whose primary sponsor has cancer-related R01 or R01-like, peer-reviewed research grants at the time of application and the time of the award. 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.
Reminder to NCI Fellowship grantees: Changes in the ProjectIndividual fellowship awards are made for training at a specific institution under the guidance of a particular sponsor. Prior approval by NCI is required for a transfer of the award to another institution, a change in sponsor, or a significant project change. If the primary sponsor plans to be absent for a continuous period of more than 3 months, an interim sponsor must be named by the institution and approved in writing by NCI.
At the time of the award, the candidate must be:
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
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.
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
- Stipend Update
- 2016 stipend $23,376
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:
How to Apply
- Applicants must submit the application electronically– download the F30 Award application PA16-305 or PA16-306.
- Applicants must follow the instructions using the SF424 R&R Individual Fellowship Application Guide, as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. Application and Submission Information.
- When the FOA-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the FOA-specific instructions.
- Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.
Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule
|Receipt Cycle||Receipt Date: Application, Resubmission||Initial Review||Council Review||Earliest Possible Start Date*|
*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.
- Program Announcements: PA16-305, PA16-306
- Form Correction Made for All NIH Fellowship Opportunities NOT-OD-16-106
- Current List of F30 Awards
- Link to Peer Review Groups
- Application Form and Details
- Review Criteria: PA16-305, PA16-306
- Changes to Public Access Policy Compliance Efforts Notice
- Activation Form
- Termination Notice: Terminations are submitted via xTrain by the institute's business official
NCI Staff Contacts
For additional information regarding policies and/or guidance in preparing an application, contact:
- Dr. Mark Damico
- Branch Phone: 240-276-5630
For information regarding fiscal and/or budget issues, contact:
- Grants Administration Branch
For information regarding referral and review issues, contact:
- Referral Officer
Division of Extramural Activities