Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Interdisciplinary Individual Postdoctoral Fellows for Training in Neurodegeneration Research

This postdoctoral fellowship program provides interdisciplinary postdoctoral training in neurodegeneration research.

Sponsor: NIH


This funding opportunity solicits Individual Research Fellowship (F32) grant applications from promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in research on neurodegenerative disease. The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is a framework to enhance cooperative activities among the NIH Office of the Director and 15 NIH Institutes and Centers that support research on the nervous system. By pooling resources and expertise, the Blueprint takes advantage of economies of scale, confronts challenges too large for any single Institute or Center, and develops research tools and infrastructure that serve the entire neuroscience community. The training plan should include didactic training, research, and collaborative activities. Applicants must also outline a plan to incorporate faculty and resources from different departments that may be historically distinct but may provide insight for understanding and treating neurodegenerative disorders.


Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research training is invited to work with his/her sponsor and 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 support. Before a Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellowship award can 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.

Applicant fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551), or other legal verification of such status at the time of award.  Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States, i.e. American Samoa and Swains Island. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible. Individuals may apply for the F32 award in advance of admission to the United States as a Permanent Resident recognizing that no award will be made until legal verification of Permanent Resident status is provided.

How to Apply

Application materials and instructions are available in interactive format.