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Individual Research Fellowships Funded by NIEHS

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The NIEHS supports a variety of Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowships. These fellowship awards provide an annual stipend, an allowance for tuition and fees, and an institutional research allowance. Before submitting the fellowship application, the applicant must identify a sponsoring institution and an individual who will serve as a sponsor (mentor or supervisor) and who will supervise the training and research experience. The applicant’s sponsor should be an active investigator in the area of the proposed research. The applicant should work with his/her sponsor in preparing the application.

Fellowships supported by the NIEHS are expected to focus on the environmental health sciences and be responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, which is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding how environmental factors, individual susceptibility and age interrelate in the disease process. Proposals should demonstrate a direct human health endpoint and address how an environmental exposure is, or might be, involved in that disease process. Applications should focus on a specific human disease, dysfunction, pathophysiologic condition, or relevant human biologic process and propose to study a specific environmentally relevant toxicant. Examples of environmentally relevant toxicants include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, and bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Agents considered non-responsive to this announcement include, but are not limited to: alcohol, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation which is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, and infectious or parasitic agents, except when these are disease co-factors to an environmental toxicant exposure.

Program Contact

Michael C. Humble, Ph.D.
Program Administrator
Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 12233 (MD EC-23)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
Tel (919) 316-4621
Fax (919) 541-5064

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