NIH-NHLBI Martha Vaughan Postdoctoral Fellowship

March 13, 2024

The NIH-NHLBI Martha Vaughan Fellowship celebrates the contributions of Dr. Martha Vaughan. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and had a distinguished mentorship career, including mentoring a Nobel laureate and working on the NAS Committee on Human Rights.

Applying for the NIH-NHLBI Vaughan Fellowship


  • PhD candidates: Expected or actual degree conferral between May 2023 and May 2025
  • MD candidates: Expected or actual completion of residency or specialty training between May 2023 and May 2025
  • Terminal degree (MD or PhD) from US institution
  • Current NHLBI fellows are not eligible to apply

Criteria for selection of Vaughan Fellows

  • Research accomplishments
  • Potential for training and growth during the duration of the Vaughan fellowship
  • Desire to perform postdoctoral research in specific NHLBI Intramural labs on the main Bethesda, MD NIH campus or in Framingham, MA
  • Potential to mentor other scientists and improve the scientific community, evidenced by current activities

How to apply

Application Materials:

  • CV, including description of:
    • Research and publications
    • Mentorship
    • Leadership activities
    • Contributions to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in science
  • 1-page description of graduate research and its major implications
  • Cover letter describing (maximum two pages)
    • Research Interests
    • Career Goals
    • Interest in the NHLBI, including the names of one or more potential mentors

Application Due Date:

The Vaughan fellowship application is due April 1, 2024.

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