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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (F32)

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NCCIH uses the F32 National Research Service Award (NRSA) to help ensure that diverse pools of highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to carry out the Nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research agendas in complementary health approaches.

Applicants for F32 fellowship awards are strongly encouraged to contact a NCCIH Program Director before they begin to prepare their application, as NCCIH will consider only those applications that are designed to support the training and development of scientists with interests relevant to the mission of NCCIH.

Support will be provided for up to 3 years.

NCCIH's Objective

NCCIH recognizes that there are several potential career pathways leading to a productive, independent research career in complementary health approaches and that a fellowship candidate could pursue a period of postdoctoral research training not directly related to complementary health research. For example, a fellow could choose to be trained in pharmacology to provide part of the expertise required to study herbal medicines. Alternatively, postdoctoral research training in bioengineering or orthopedic research could be appropriate preparation for an independent research career in spinal manipulation, as performed by chiropractors, osteopaths, etc. NCCIH's overall objective is to provide individual research training fellowships to promising postdoctoral applicants from a range of career backgrounds who have the desire and potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators in complementary health approaches.

The proposed training must offer an opportunity to enhance the fellow's understanding of the health-related sciences and extend his/her potential for a productive research career in complementary health. As such, postdoctoral candidates for this award should address in their application all the review criteria described in the F32 funding opportunity announcement to demonstrate that the proposed training will meet the goals of this fellowship program and that it is relevant to NCCIH's mission. NCCIH and NIH recognize the critical importance of training clinicians, including clinicians trained in complementary healing practices, to become researchers, and encourages them to apply for this F32 fellowship. If appropriate, the proposed research training may be used to satisfy a portion of the degree requirements for a master's degree (e.g., M.P.H.), a research doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D.) or any other advanced research degree program.

Research Training Proposal Required

Postdoctoral applicants for this award must include a research training proposal that documents the need for the research training, the expected value of the proposed fellowship experience as it relates to the individual's career goals, and how the proposed research training will serve as a solid foundation and prepare them for a productive career in complementary health research. Individuals from diverse racial and ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

Applicant Qualifications

Potential applicants include, but are not necessarily limited to, those trained in biomedical research, as conventional allopathic medical practitioners, or as complementary health practitioners. Regardless of the training background, the applicant must hold a doctoral degree (e.g., D.A.O.M., D.C., D.D.S., D.O., M.D., N.D., Ph.D., or other relevant doctoral degree).

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