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Tips for Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) Applications

The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences provides funding for PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows and strongly encourages trainees to apply for external funding. Having a fellowship will make you more competitive when you apply for positions after GW.

Plan An Application

Opportunities for PhD Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships are arranged by application deadline.

eRA Commons, Fellowship applications to the NIH require you to obtain an eRA Commons account initiated by completing this form, submitted to GW.

NIH Research Career Development website includes links to NIH applications and instructions.

NIH Biosketch - Note: NIH Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions, Samples includes information for fellowship and non-fellowship style biosketches.

Many fellowships suggest that candidates complete and update an Individual Development Plan, described here. A useful approach is to use MyIDP which links to AAAS Science Careers.

Clinician investigators should also inventory their skills, prepare clinical research IDPs and consider SMART goals.

Notes on Application Components

Tips for Predoctoral Applications

The Predoctoral Fellowship Toolbox Video describes the process for developing an NIH F31 or AHA pre-doctoral fellowship, provides strategies for a proposal, and introduces the peer review process (PowerPoint provided Jan 30). See the useful F31 Quick Start Guide.

Sample pre-doctoral fellowship applications and summary statements are available for review. 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31) F31 Funding Opportunity Announcement

NIAID Fellowship Grants Useful compendium of tips

Tips for Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) Applications

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Tips for Career Development (K) Applications

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