New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI)


A 2-year, $100,000 post-doctoral fellowship intended to fund a mentored research experience in continuation of the development of recent post-professional, doctorally prepared physical therapist researchers..

*Please note: The Funding level has been increased to $100,000. In the past, NIFTI was offered at a maximum $78,000.

The NIFTI is designed to fund physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as developing researchers and to improve their competitiveness in securing external funding for their future research.

The fellow will receive $95,000 plus $5,000 for supplies and project expenses over a two-year period.

Please note that FPTR has adopted new NIFTI reporting instructions. (1Mb, PDF)

Spring 2019 Review Cycle

Application opens: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 (at 12 pm Noon Eastern Time)
Application deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 (at 12 pm Noon Eastern Time)
Administrative Review: January 2020
Scientific Review: February – March 2020
Scientific Review Committee Scoring: April 2020
Administrative Review of Reviews: May 2020
Board Awards Fellowship: June 2020
Earliest Notification: Friday, June 26, 2020 (at 5 pm Eastern Time)

For specific eligibility requirements and application guidelines, use the link below (applicants must review these guidelines prior to moving to the next step of the application process). IMPORTANT: Please read carefully as the Research Agenda within the Guidelines have been updated!

New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI) – Guidelines

IMPORTANT: Please review the application components and all instructions carefully before starting.

NIFTI Online Application Instructions

NIFTI Online Application


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