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First Award

First Award Fellowship

NSBRI’s First Award Fellowship provides support for academically talented young scientists to conduct space-related biomedical or biotechnological research that aligns with the Institute’s goals.

This fellowship offers young scientists the opportunity to manage their own space-related biomedical research project while continuing to learn from an experienced faculty mentor.

The Process

NSBRI solicits applications to the First Award Program annually. Applicants must prepare proposals with the support of a mentor, and all proposals are evaluated by NSBRI’s First Award Fellowship Committee, a distinguished group of scholars representing various scientific backgrounds.

Note: As of October 2015, applications are no longer being accepted for this program.


The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents or persons with pre-existing visas obtained through their sponsoring institutions that permit postdoctoral training for the project’s duration. Funding is for a two-year period, with an optional third year based on merit and need, and includes an allocation for health insurance.

Contact the First Award Program at for more information.