Program Type Related Website Focus of Program

Predoctoral Training

Institutional Predoctoral Training Program NRSA T32 (including Medical Scientist Training Program, Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral Training Program in Neuroscience) 

Institutional support for graduate student research training and career development

T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32) RFA-HL-19-023


Research Education

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (T32)

Support  to research-intensive institutions to develop a diverse pool of scientists  earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in  the biomedical research workforce*

Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31) PA-19-195

Support to individuals to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training while conducting dissertation research

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) PA-19-196


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (Parent F30) PA-19-192


Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Enhance Workforce Diversity (R36) PAR-18-894 Resource for STEM Graduate Programs and Fellowships provided by the Institute for Broadening Participation

Medical Research Scholars Program

Support to individuals for year-out research at NIH for health professional students

NIH supports programs to develop the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Enhancing the participation of individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds is a consideration in all NIH programs including research education (R), training (T), fellowship (F), and career development (K) award programs. In addition, it is an explicit consideration in diversity-related programs. The table above identifies most NIH research workforce programs by career level, with diversity-related programs indicated with highlight.

  • Institutional programs (such as a T32 training grant): To participate, apply to an institution that has an NIH program. Identify awardee institutions through NIH RePORTer and contact the Principal Investigator for more information.
  • Individual programs (such as an F31 predoctoral fellowship): To participate, prepare an application to the NIH. Read the funding opportunity announcement and contact the NIH program official listed for more information.
  • Intramural programs that occur only at the NIH campus are included as they provide unique training opportunities that you should be aware of. See the websites for more information.

Many programs permit applications from individuals with specific educational backgrounds (such as PhD, MD, DVM, DDS, etc.), and/or focus on particular health or disease missions. It is important to read the funding opportunity announcement carefully. Note that not every NIH institute or center offers every funding opportunity.

Users are advised to check the NIH Guide (search the Title Text to include diversity) for the most current list of programs, and the NIH Research Training and Career Development website for any updates.