User-Submitted Question: Does a Fellowship Biosketch Differ From a Traditional Biosketch?

A biosketch for a fellowship is very similar to a traditional NIH biosketch, with a few important differences: Personal Statement –  non-key-person applicants for institutional research training, career development, or research education grants are not required (though are strongly encouraged) to complete the “Personal Statement” section. Positions and Honors –  postdoctorates should include any relevant scholarships, traineeships, fellowships, or development awards. Contributions to Science – while applicants may list up to five contributions to science, NIH recommends that postdoctoral applicants highlight the two to three considered most significant. Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance – postdoctoral applicants should complete only “Scholastic Performance.” If, however, the applicants also have Research Support, they should complete both sections. For more information about completing and formatting an NIH biosketch, please visit OSP’s blog here.

Reminder: Upcoming NIH Fellowship Deadline and the Submission of Reference Letters

With the upcoming NIH fellowship deadline on April 8, OSP would like to take the opportunity to remind applicants that certain types of programs, such as fellowships and some career development awards, require the submission of reference letters. It is expected that these reference letters be submitted concurrently with the completed application by the deadline. NIH allows between 3-5 reference letters per application. Selected individuals should not be directly involved with the application but should be familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, training, and interests. Please be sure to include the referees’ names, departmental affiliations, and institutions within cover letter. Letters must be submitted directly through eRA Commons. NIH has included step-by-step instructions for referees on its website. For questions or concerns, please contact your OSP specialist.

NIH Stipend and Benefit Increases for Kirschstein-NRSA – FY 2019

Last week’s NOT-OD-19-036 announces an increase on NRSA stipend levels for FY 2019. Coeus has now been updated with these tables. Please keep this in mind when preparing budgets and refer to the charts below: Undergraduates in the MARC and BUILD Programs: For institutional training grants (T34, TL4), two stipend levels may be used for undergraduate candidates: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Career Level Stipend for FY 2019 Monthly Stipend Freshmen/Sophomores $9,360 $780 Juniors/Seniors $13,104 $1,092 Predoctoral Trainees and Fellows: For institutional training grants (T32, T35, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F30, F31), one stipend level is used for all predoctoral candidates, regardless of the level of experience. Career Level Years of Experience Stipend for FY 2019 Monthly Stipend Predoctoral All $24,816 $2,068 Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows: For institutional training grants, (T32, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F32), the stipend level for the entire first year of support is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the award is issued.

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Reminder: NIH Stipend and Benefit Increases

As a reminder, this summer NIH increased stipend amounts for all Kirschstein-NRSA awards by 2% for FY 2018. Please keep this in mind when preparing budgets and refer to the charts below: Undergraduates in the MARC and BUILD Programs:  For institutional training grants (T34, TL4), two stipend levels may be used for undergraduate candidates: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Career Level Stipend for FY 2018 Monthly Stipend Freshmen/Sophomores $9,168 $764 Juniors/Seniors $12,840 $1,070 Predoctoral Trainees and Fellows:  For institutional training grants (T32, T35, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F30, F31), one stipend level is used for all predoctoral candidates, regardless of the level of experience. Career Level Years of Experience Stipend for FY 2018 Monthly Stipend Predoctoral All $24,324 $2,027 Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows:  For institutional training grants, (T32, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F32), the stipend level for the entire first year of support is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the award is issued.

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Resource Toolkit: Fellowship Activation Forms

As a reminder, grantees who have received an F32 grant must complete and submit a fellowship activation form to begin their project. Fellowship activation forms should be submitted to Paula Yarbrough in VUMC Finance for signature and then sent directly to the agency by the department. A signed copy of the form should also be sent to OSP’s box for inclusion in the grant’s file. For more information regarding fellowship activation forms, please visit the NIH website.

The More You Know: Proposal Reference Letters

OSP reminds all applicants that certain types of programs, such as fellowships and some career development awards, require the submission of reference letters. It is expected that these reference letters be submitted concurrently with the completed application by the deadline. NIH allows between 3-5 reference letters per application. Selected individuals should not be directly involved with the application but should be familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, training, and interests. The referees’ names, departmental affiliations, and institutions should be listed in the cover letter. Letters should be submitted directly through eRA Commons. NIH has included step-by-step instructions for referees on its website. For questions, please contact your OSP specialist.

Fellowship Activation Forms

Grantees who have received an F32 grant must complete and submit a fellowship activation form to begin their project. Fellowship activation forms should be submitted to Paula Yarbrough in VUMC Finance for signature and then sent directly to the agency by the department. A signed copy of the form should also be sent to OSP’s box for inclusion in the grant’s file. For more information regarding fellowship activation forms, please visit the NIH website.