Frances D. Carter-Johnson
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314.
Institutional Affiliation: National Science Foundation
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2018||The Impact of Postdoctoral Fellowships on a Future Independent Career in Federally Funded Biomedical Research|
with Misty L. Heggeness, Donna K. Ginther, Maria I. Larenas: w24508
The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is a major research training program administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with funds appropriated each year by Congress. This study examines the impact of NRSA postdoctoral fellowships on subsequent research-related career outcomes using NIH administrative records on applicants who applied for a fellowship between 1996 and 2008. We find that postdoctoral fellowships increased the probability of receiving subsequent NIH research awards from 6.3 to 8.2 percentage points and of achieving an NIH-funded R01 award, an indication of an independent research career, from 4.6 to 6.1 percentage points. Our findings demonstrate that the NRSA postdoctoral fellowship awards have the potential to promote retention...