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For Trainees

Northwestern offers a wide variety of training programs in cutting-edge research areas sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). These grants support programs by providing a mentored training experience and each has programmatic elements designed to support trainees as they develop research and professional skills that will aid them in becoming the next generation of scientists.

While each training grant program has their own trainee selection process, and programming, there are several resources available to help support appointed graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Diversity and Inclusion 

Northwestern University is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive campus community. As part of this community, training grant funded programs share a goal of training a diverse pool of research scientists. To learn more about Northwestern’s commitment to diversity and inclusion please visit the  Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

  • The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern cultivates an environment that values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives by helping to recruit a diverse student body and by providing support services to those students. Please visit our TGS Office of Diversity and Inclusion to learn more about this programming, including TGS Diversity Peer Mentor Program, Diversity Celebrations, and Diversity Fellowships.
  • AccessibleNU serves, supports, and empowers Northwestern students with disabilities by ensuring equal access to fully participate in academic programming and all other facets of University life. For more information about AccessibleNU, ;including how to confidentially register in order to request accommodations, please visit their website or reach out via email or phone:
  • Postdoctoral trainees and applicants with a disability, and pregnant employees and students, may be may be eligible for accommodations through the Northwestern University Office of Equity. To learn more about requesting disability, pregnancy or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Equity website

Additional campus resources supporting diversity and inclusion.

Stipend, Tax and Insurance Information

Please contact your training program or the appropriate campus office directly for questions about the information below.

For NRSA Postdoctoral Trainees 

Career and Professional Development

Career and professional development are essential components of a research training experience at Northwestern. Training grant program activities can vary depending on the specific focus and goals of the program. The campus resources below provide career and professional development and are available to all students and/or postdoctoral trainees at Northwestern.

NIH and NSF Resources

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are the primary sponsors of training grant funded programs at Northwestern. The links below provide more information about NIH and NSF training programs and their direct resources for trainees.