This NIDCD/NRSA program provides support for dissertation-stage research training leading to the Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in the biomedical or behavioral communication sciences. The intent of this program is to promote the entry of qualified students into biomedical and behavioral research on human communication.
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. and must be doctoral candidates, or within three months of candidacy, pursuing dissertation research in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech or language. Activation of the award is contingent upon acceptance into candidacy for the doctoral degree.
Scope of Support: The total period of predoctoral research training support under the NRSA authorization is limited to an aggregate of five years (including NRSA fellowships and traineeships). Kirschstein-NRSA awards provide stipends to predoctoral fellows as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training experience. 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.