Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Muscle Disease Research

This postdoctoral fellowship program supports research training to promising applicants with the potential to become productive investigators in basic, translational and clinical research of muscular dystrophy and other muscle diseases.

Sponsor: NIH


Postdoctoral fellows with diverse scientific interests are invited to apply their expertise to enhance our understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of muscle diseases and disorders. Prior experience in muscle disease or muscle biology research is not necessary, providing that the mentor/sponsor has appropriate expertise. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative and novel approaches for studying and treating these diseases.


Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to work with their institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH programs.

The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award. This mechanism has specific academic degree requirements. For a Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellowship award to be activated, the individual must have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.C., D.D.S.,  D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., DNSc., N.D.(Doctor of Naturopathy), Pharm.D., D.S.W.,  Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign  institution. Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable.

How to Apply
Application materials and instructions are available in interactive format.