Review additional funding opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellowships and plan to revise your proposal so you may submit your request to several fellowship opportunities. While we provide details for NIH proposals, note that most fellowships ask for similar information from applicants.
- Obtain an eRA Commons account by completing this form and submitting to GW.
- Complete and update an Individual Development Plan, described here. A useful approach is to use MyIDP.
- Clinician investigators should also inventory their skills and prepare a clinical research IDP.
Always read and respond to the most recent Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32).
The Postdoctoral Fellowships Video describes the process for developing an NIH F32 or AHA postdoctoral fellowship (PowerPoint provided Mar 28, 2018).
- Download A Practical Guide to Writing a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Grant (2014) by Andrew Hollenbach here, especially:
- Chapter 3: Who Are You? The Fellowship Applicant. Prompts you to consider your 1) Biosketch, including personal statement, publications, scholastic performance; 2) Goals for Fellowship Training and Career; 3) Selection of Sponsor and Institute; 4) Previous Research Experience; 5) Letters of Recommendation 6) Respective Contributions, and 7) Activities under the award.
- NIAID Fellowship Grants Useful compendium of tips
- F31 Quick Start Guide
Review sample fellowship applications and summary statements. Additional samples can be found at the University of Alabama Grant Library.
- F31 Sample Application with Summary Statement (Fan 2015)
- F31 Sample Application with Summary Statement (McCollum 2012)
- F31 Sample Application with Summary Statement (Smalls-Mantey 2011)
- F31 Sample Application with Summary Statement (Calix 2010)
- F31 Sample Application (Wrights 2013)
- F31 Sample Application (Hauser 2012)
- F31 Sample Application (Ibarra 2010)
- F31 Sample Application (Podlesny 2009)
- F31 Sample Application (Reyes 2009)
- F31 Sample Application (Olson 2009)
- F31 Sample Specific Aims and Research Strategy
- American Heart Association Sample Application (Collins 2015)
- American Heart Association Sample Application (Gohar 2015)
Before you begin
|Document||Tips and Resources||Completed?|
|Individual Development Plan (IDP)||My IDP, AAAS Science Careers|
|Clinician IDP||CTSI-CN Mentoring Toolkit|
|eRA Commons account||GW form|
NIH F32 Checklist
|Document||Length||Tips and Resources||Completed?|
|Title of Project||1-2 lines|
|Project Summary/Abstract||1 paragraph|
|Project Narrative||2 or 3 sentences|
|Respective Contributions||1 page|
|Cover Letter with Ref. List||1 page||Chapter 7, Hollenbach|
|Specific Aims||1 page|
|Research Strategy||6 pages||Chapter 5, Hollenbach|
|Bibliography/Ref. Cited||No limit|
|Background and Goals for Fellowship Training||Up to 6 pages||The Training and Career Development Plan (F31) updated|
|Biosketch||Up to 5 pages||NIH Biosketch|
|Selection of Sponsor and Institution||1 page||Chapter 3, Hollenbach|
|Facilities & Other Resources||From PI – up to 1 page||Cores, Facilities, and Other Resources 2018|
|Resource Sharing Plan||From PI – up to 1 page|
|Equipment||From PI – up to 1 page|
|Sponsor Biosketch||From PI – up to 5 page||Chapter 3, Hollenbach|
|Sponsor/Co-Sponsor Info||From PI-up to 6 pages||Chapter 3, Hollenbach|
|Description of Institutional Environment and Commitment to Training||From DGS/ PI – Up to 2 pages||Contact Dr. Alison Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Responsible Conduct of Research||From DGS/PI – up to 1 pages||OVPR Responsible Conduct of Research|
|Vertebrate Animals (if necessary)||From DGS/PI - up to 1 page||GW Office of Animal Research|