It’s August 2; do you know where your tuition rates are? If you’re planning to submit an F-series fellowship application for the August 8 deadline (or an F-31 on August 13/15), watch your bottom line when you are calculating your stipend; credit costs have changed, and so have the associated costs of health coverage. To check your tuition base rates, be sure to visit the Tuition and Fees resource pages provided by WSU Records and Registration, and factor increases in your budget as averages. Are you an MD/PhD candidate but not sure how to calculate your credits? Unsure which medical coverage to use in your calculations? Just overwhelmed by the stipend calculations in general? Reach out to RAS; we’ll help you figure out into which category you fall and which numbers to use!
Pay mind also to the changes present in the Forms-D iteration of the NIH fellowship packages. The following are five (yes, five!) new attachments:
- Applicant’s Background and Goals for Fellowship Training (6 page limit; G.430 Guide, Section 2)
- Letters of Support from Collaborators, Contributors, and Consultants (6 page limit; G.430 Guide, Section 10)
- Description of Institutional Environment and Commitment to Training (2 page limit; G.430 Guide, Section 11; includes Additional Education Information section required for F30 and F31 applications which was previously included as an “Other Attachment” in FORMS-C applications)
- Data Safety Monitoring Plan (G.430 Guide, Section 16; used with applications involving Clinical Trials)
Note that the “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment has been delayed for fellowships, even though it is listed as “required” in several resources; don’t use it yet, as implementation is delayed until after FY2017 (NOT-OD-16-034).
Biosketch instructions specifically for research, career development and fellowship applicants are now available as well; pay close attention especially to “D: Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance.” Instead of “Research Support,” applicants for both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships should use this section to provide information on their scholastic performance.
We think that’s enough for one post, don’t you? 😉