Applying for Fellowships
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences encourages all students to apply for fellowships that provide stipend support. Fellowship application is an ideal way to learn about the granting process and can help sharpen scientific goals and writing skills. In addition, the ability to list a competitive fellowship as an honor on your CV will provide a strong competitive advantage when you seek your next position.
Students should take advantage of the annual workshops held by GSBS that provide information on the fellowship application process for NIH awards. We host information sessions annually to help students and their thesis mentors prepare for application. These sessions are typically held in the spring or early summer.
Students should discuss possible fellowship opportunities with their graduate program director and with their thesis advisor. Note that many of these programs do not provide fellowships that are equivalent to the GSBS stipend. The school is committed to working with students who obtain fellowships to ensure that awards are supplemented to the level of the full GSBS stipend.
NIH offers three fellowship programs for graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US under the umbrella of the Ruth L. Kirschstein fellowship program. The F31 is designed for PhD students; a diversity F31 is also offered for PhD students. The F30 is offered for MD/PhD students.
Learn more about NIH Kirschstein fellowship programs.
In addition to the NIH, fellowship opportunities are offered through other federal agencies and private foundations.