How to Compete for Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowships 

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Fellowships supported by NIH or other private or state funds are mini grant applications with little room for errors. Some of the most common mistakes pre- and postdoctoral students make when applying for fellowships include not setting up the hypotheses well, and the training environment or the mentor is not discussed in depth.

Reviewers will focus heavily on the training environment, so give this section special attention. Not only should your application clearly identify the quality of the research training environment, but it should also include the training content. These include generic and subject-specific research skills, as well as transferable skills. But what exactly should you include?

Join your expert presenter, Dorothy E. Lewis, PhD, during this how-to webinar and walk away with proven tactics to properly emphasize training, what to mention, how to make the mentor’s record stand out and what to include with respect to your own background and the science involved.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • The importance of mentor’s status, record and resume in obtaining funding
  • How to accurately point out the training environment
  • Finding the right balance between science and the training
  • Expert tips to follow the format correctly
  • How to get appropriate letters of recommendation

 Who Should Attend?

Pre/Postdoctoral students or their mentors who seek outside fellowships to support their research. Program administrators.


  • CD with audio and handouts — Price: $197
  • MP4 audio file only — Price: $197
  • PDF Transcript only — Price: $197

 Meet Your Presenter:

Dr. Dorothy Lewis, Professor, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center has a 26-year history of writing grant applications. She has also reviewed many pre-and post doctoral applications in her role as graduate program director and as a mentor for the CFAR. Additionally, she has reviewed applications for the state of California, as well as NIH supported fellowships. She received her PhD in Microbiology in 1978 from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She then pursued an NIH-supported postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. In 1985, she published her first paper related to T-cell subset changes in HIV patients and acquired her own independent NIH funding. She has maintained continuous NIH funding since 1985, experiencing both times of multiple grants and times of reduced funding. She is former chair of the AIDS Immunology and Pathogenesis study section (2009-2011).


This Webinar presentation is brought to you as a training tool by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. The presentation, tools presented and their contents are not connected with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nor are they endorsed by this agency. All views expressed are those personally held by the presenter and are not official government policies or opinions.