The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. NIGMS provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists, in enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce, and in developing research capacities throughout the country.
No. NIGMS does not offer undergraduate scholarships. We fund programs at colleges and universities to foster the training and development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The schools select the students to participate in these programs. See a
list of participating schools.
NIGMS does offer fellowships at the
Biomedical sciencemajors include:
Yes. NIGMS’ Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity supports programs that foster the training and development of a strong and diverse biomedical workforce. For a list of groups underrepresented in biomedical research, see the
Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity.
Yes. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for funding. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
No. NIGMS will pay for medical training only as part of the combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree, which prepares students for careers in biomedical research.
NIGMS supports the following institutional programs that prepare students for graduate school and beyond:
Yes. NIGMS offers postdoctoral fellowships and career development awards. These aim to prepare Ph.D. graduates for
research careers, to help jump-start academic careers (Pathway to Independence), and to mentor clinical and other scientists working in certain areas (Mentored Clinical Career Development Awards in Anesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology, and Trauma and Burn Injury and
Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Awards).
For more information about NIGMS research training programs, contact the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at 301-594-3900.
NIGMS is a part of the National Institutes of Health that supports basic research to increase our understanding of biological processes and lay the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. For more information on the Institute's research and training programs, see
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