Additional Guidance on ‘Full-Time Training’ for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards

Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-095

Key Dates
Release Date: July 24, 2017

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)


The purpose of this notice is to clarify and update the guidance on full-time training for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards.

Full-Time Training
All Kirschstein-NRSA fellows (individual fellowships), and trainees (institutional training grants) are required to pursue their research training full time.  Full-time is generally defined as devoting at least 40 hours per week to research training activities, or as specified by the awardee institution in accordance with its own policies.

Beyond the full-time training, NIH recognizes that Kirschstein-NRSA fellows and trainees may engage in part-time employment incidental to their training.  Fellows and trainees may spend on average, an additional 25% of their time (e.g., 10 hours per week) in part time research, teaching, or clinical employment, so long as those activities do not interfere with, or lengthen, the duration their NRSA training.  (See NIH Grants Policy Statement, Section and, for more details.)


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
Office of Extramural Programs
Office of Extramural Research

Please direct all AHRQ inquiries to:
Division of Research Education
Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality