Postdoctoral Studies - Sources of Financial Support
There are a number of mechanisms available for financial support of postdoctoral fellows.
Most frequently the mentor provides the support for the fellow from his/her individual research grant(s). This support is arranged through the individual mentor selected.
The prospective mentor may ask you to prepare and submit a proposal for an individual National Research Service Award. Preparing such a proposal requires that you have identified a mentor and that the mentor has agreed to have you come to his/her lab. You should work together with the mentor in preparing an NRSA proposal. Note that NRSAs require the trainee to sign a “payback agreement” that comes into play if the trainee does not continue in a scientific career.
Many of the individual faculty in the MVM Program participate on one or more training grants. To be supported by a training grant, the mentor must nominate you for a position to the steering committee of the specific grant for final selections. You may be asked by the mentor to supply information for submission to support your nomination. Note that training grants require the trainee to sign a “payback agreement” that comes into play if the trainee does not continue in a scientific career.