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Mechanisms of Support

Fellowships provide the following:

  • 12 months of stipend support. U.S. postdoctoral trainees are supported according to the NRSA federal stipend scale. Non-U.S. citizens are supported at a rate that is fair and equitable in their home institutions for their professional level. Doctoral students are supported at approximately $20,000/year. In rare cases, trainees may be able to obtain a second year of funding on a competitive basis.
  • Health insurance or fringe benefits.
  • Modest research training costs.
  • Roundtrip travel costs to and from the fellowship site.
  • A five-day workshop/orientation training on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. Additional short-term training opportunities to complement the trainee’s fellowship work may also be provided.
  • The typical fellowship cycle begins in July of each year. Fellows are required to spend at least 12 months at their assigned LMIC research site unless another timeline has been pre-approved by the VECD Consortium.