U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Travel and Scholarship Awards

 Staff Contacts

  Rob Rivers

NIH/National Medical Association Travel Award

NIH/NMA Travel Awards for Residents and Fellows Attending the National Medical Association’s (NMA) Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly​ 

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in conjunction with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Medical Association (NMA) are pleased to announce opportunities for travel awards to residents and fellows to attend the NMA’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. 

This year, the 114th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly will take place in Detroit, Michigan from August 1 to August 5, 2015. For additional information regarding the conference visit: http://nmanet.org/​. The NIH Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2015 and Sunday August 2, 2015.

The awards are intended for residents and fellows who are preparing for careers in research or academic medicine and especially those who are interested in research in disease areas that disproportionately impact the health of minorities and underserved communities.

​Travel awardees (designated as NIH-NMA Fellows) receive complimentary registration, air travel ticket (economy), 5 days/4 nights’ hotel accommodations, and per diem for meals (minus the cost of meals during the NIH workshop). All award recipients are required to attend a special one and a half day NIH Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine. They are also encouraged to attend all NMA Convention and Scientific Assembly functions.


An eligible candidate for a travel award will:

  • Be a member of a nationally underrepresented group in biomedical or behavioral research 
  • Be interested in membership in the National Medical Association 
  • Be a resident, fello​w, post-doctoral scientist, or early stage investigator 
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or legal permanent resident 
  • Not have received travel support under this announcement in previous years

Application Process

Applicants are required to:

pdf iconSubmit a completed application (PDF, 403 KB)

  • Provide a personal statement describing the candidate’s research interests, career ambitions, and how attending the program will influence the candidate’s training and development 

pdf iconProvide a curriculum vita CV Template (PDF, 30 KB)

  • Provide a letter of support from the Chairperson or Director of the Training Program indicating how the applicant will continue to be supported in their pursuit of a career in academic medicine

Application materials must be submitted together and electronically in PDF format to Rob Rivers at nihnmafellows@mail.nih.gov​. Applicants will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt of application within 3 days. Incomplete applications will not be processed. 

Applications will be accepted from January 15, 2015 until May 1, 2015.

Selection Process

The travel awards will be made on a competitive basis. The NIH/NMA Travel Award Review Committee will review the applications and select awardees based on policies and provisions of the NIH governing administrative awards. Award recipients will be announced no later than June 1, 2015.

NIDDK Contact

Rob Rivers, Ph.D.
Program Director
Office of Minority Health Research Coordination
II Democracy Plaza
6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 904
Bethesda, MD  20892
Phone: (301) 443-8415

Email: nihnmafellows@mail.nih.gov​​​​​​​​​