Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-sponsored National Research Service Award (NRSA)Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this individual postdoctoral research training fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in health services research, with a research interest in areas and priorities relevant to the mission of AHRQ.  

Deadlines: Apr. 8, Aug. 8, Dec. 8 annually.

PA-17-481 Expiration Date: August 9, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

The Kirschstein-NRSA F32 fellowship is designed to support research training experiences in new settings in order to maximize the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. In most cases, therefore, the sponsoring institution should be a site other than where the applicant trained as a graduate student. However, if the applicant is proposing postdoctoral training at his/her doctoral institution, the application must carefully document the opportunities for new research training experiences specifically designed to broaden his/her scientific background and to acquire new knowledge and/or technical skills that will enhance his/her potential to become a productive, independent investigator.

The applicant must show evidence of high academic performance, and commitment to a research career.

Before an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral fellowship can be activated, the individual must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable. An Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowship may not be used to support the clinical years of residency training. However, these awards are appropriate for the research fellowship years of a residency program. Research clinicians must devote full-time to their proposed research training and confine clinical duties to those activities that are part of the research training program.

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 8, 2019