The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) invites applications for individual predoctoral National Research Service Award fellowships (F30) to train physician-scientists on a dual MD/PhD track to conduct biomedical and behavioral research on human communication. There is a critical need for physician-scientists who can apply both their medical and research training to investigate problems of disease in humans. This initiative is designed to increase the number of physician-scientists trained to conduct basic and clinical research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The applications are reviewed by the Scientific Review Branch of the NIDCD using a fast-track process that is completed in 4-5 months from submission to award of meritorious applications. Owing to this expedited process, applications must strictly conform to NIH and NIDCD guidelines and late materials cannot be accepted.
Eligibility and Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and show evidence of both high academic performance in the sciences and significant interest in research within the scientific mission areas of the NIDCD. The applicant must be enrolled in an MD program at an accredited medical school, accepted in a science PhD program, and supervised by a mentor in that scientific discipline at the time the application is submitted. The typical applicant will apply during the first two years of medical school; however, applications may be submitted at any stage of medical school.
Scope of Support: Awards made under this program announcement will use the Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD Fellowship (F30) mechanism to provide combined medical school and predoctoral PhD support for a maximum of six years. In addition to stipend support, predoctoral Kirschstein NRSAs provide partial support of tuition and fees, health insurance, training-related expenses, and travel. Supplementation is allowed from nonfederal sources.