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Fellows Committee (FelCom)

An organization that represents postdocs and fellows in the NIH Intramural Research Program.

About FelCom

Felcom represents NIH postdocs, research fellows, and clinical fellows by:

  • advocating on behalf of NIH postdocs and fellows and working with OITE to address issues uniquely impacting the fellow community
  • organizing educational programs and social activities connecting postdocs, research fellows, and clinical fellows across all NIH Institutes
  • working to increase the visibility of NIH postdocs, research fellows, and clinical fellows by working with NIH

Felcom has representatives from all NIH Institutes. All postdocs, research fellows, and clinical fellows are welcome to join Felcom! Felcom meetings are the first Thursday of every month in Wilson Hall, Building 1 (zoom link available upon request).

Stay informed of Felcom activities and news by subscribing to the Fellow-L listserv.

Reach out for more information on all Felcom initiatives.

FelCom committees and liaisons

Advocates for the unique needs of NIH clinical fellows.

For more information please visit the NIH Clinical Fellows Corner.

Works to build community for international graduate students and postdocs by organizing social events and seminars uniquely focused on international fellows.

For more information, visit the VFC page and join the VFC listserv.

Organizes an annual abstract competition for NIH graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

For more information, visit the FARE page.

Plans career panels to provide fellows with information on a broad array of career paths.

For more information, join Fellow-L.

Health & Recreation
Promotes health and well-being by organizing running clubs, yoga, bike rides, etc.

Social
Organizes a wide variety of social activities for NIH fellows.

Service Outreach
Organizes opportunities to serve the NIH and local communities through volunteer activities.


For more information about these committees, join the Slack group or Fellow-L. (A personal, non-NIH email is required to join the Slack community

Animal Research Advisory Committee (ARAC)
Communicates ARAC news pertinent to NIH trainees.

Child Care Board
Serves on the NIH Child care board to advocate on behalf of NIH postdocs and fellows.
For more information, visit the NIH Child Care Board website.

Committee on Scientific Conduct & Ethics (CSCE)
Serves on the CSCE to advocate on behalf of NIH postdocs and fellows.  For more information, visit the Committee on Scientific Conduct & Ethics website.

Foundation For Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)
Communicates with FAES about the educational and insurance needs of NIH trainees. For more information, visit the FAES website.

Graduate Student Council (GSC)
Coordinates activities with NIH graduate students and the GSC.

National Postdoc Association (NPA)
Reports on upcoming NPA activities and events. 
For more information, visit the NPA website..

Outreach
Writes monthly articles focused on NIH trainees  fellows in the in the NIH intramural newsletter, The Catalyst.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program
Connects PRAT trainees with the FelCom community.
For more information, visit the NIGMS PRAT website.

Recreation and Welfare Committee & Health and Wellness Council
Represents trainees and fellows on the NIH Recreation and Wellness Association. Council.
For more information, visit the NIH Health and Wellness Council website.

Fellows Safety Committee
Works with Division of Occupational Health and Safety to provides a space for fellows to discuss safety concerns, both in and out of the laboratory.
For more information, join the Fellows Safety listserv.

Training Directors Committee
Communicates the needs of the NIH postdoc and fellow community to the IC training directors.

Women Scientist Fellow Committee, which supports women fellows by ensuring a platform for effective communication, knowledge sharing, resource access, and fostering a sense of community. For more information, join the Women Scientist Fellow listserv

Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS)
Plans and hosts one trainee organized session of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS), the highest-profile lecture program at the NIH.