AHRQ National Research Service Award (NRSA) Program

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Research Training

AHRQ provides support for predoctoral and postdoctoral research education of scholars through the National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant program. These grants are administered through an institutional funding mechanism.

Institutional Training Programs (T32)

AHRQ provides support to 18 U.S. academic institutions through the National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant program that offers advanced training to students with a strong interest in careers in health services research. These institutions in turn provide stipends and partial tuition coverage for predoctoral and postdoctoral students for periods of 1 to 5 years. Curriculum requirements, educational approaches, content specialization, and length of support may vary by institution. All programs combine a mix of coursework with topical and career-development seminars, mentoring, and hands-on research experience. Applicants for NRSA fellowships must, at the time of award, be citizens of the United States, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents.

Specific institutional requirements vary, but minimal requirements include the following:

Predoctoral Students Educational Requirement

  • Must have earned a baccalaureate degree.

Postdoctoral Students Educational Requirement

  • Must possess a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., Sc.D., Dr.P.H., D.Pharm., or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • Support is not provided for education leading to an M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., or equivalent health professional degree for residency training.

How to Apply

For complete information, contact the institution directly. Details on characteristics of the programs and their individual self-identified areas of research interest are included below, along with contact information for each program and links to the institution's own Web site.

Institution Predoctoral Postdoctoral

University of Alabama at Birmingham

X X

Boston Medical Center

X X

Brandeis University

X  

Brown University

X X

University of California, Berkeley

X  

University of California, Davis

  X

University of California at Los Angeles

X X

University of Chicago

X X

Weill Cornell Medical College

  X

Harvard University

X  

Harvard Pediatric Health
Services Research Fellowship

  X

Johns Hopkins University

X  

University of Michigan

X X

University of Minnesota

X  

University of North Carolina

X X

Northwestern University

  X

University of Washington

X  

Yale University

X X

Annual AHRQ NRSA Conference

Each year AHRQ sponsors a conference that provides an opportunity for the NRSA trainees/fellows to present their research, obtain valuable methodological assistance, and network with other trainees and faculty. In addition, the John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship award is presented to an AHRQ NRSA institutional program faculty member who has been nominated by the AHRQ trainees/fellows.

Program Contact

Shelley M. Benjamin, M.S.W.
Division of Research Education
Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Phone: (301) 427-1528
Email: Shelley.Benjamin@ahrq.hhs.gov

 

Page last reviewed December 2016
Page originally created September 2015
Internet Citation: AHRQ National Research Service Award (NRSA) Program. Content last reviewed December 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-grants/nrsa.html