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Science-related Internships/Fellowships Outside the NIH

The following fellowships have been offered in the past.  Check the Web sites for current information on eligibility criteria and application deadlines.

Data Science Incubator External Link

The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization. We run a free advanced 8-week fellowship (think data science bootcamp) for PhDs looking to enter industry. A variety of innovative companies partner with The Data Incubator for their hiring and training needs, including LinkedIn, Genentech, Capital One, Pfizer, and many others. The program is free for admitted Fellows. Sessions will be offered in New York City, the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle, Boston, and Washington, DC.

NIH-ACMG Fellowship in Genomic Medicine Program Management External Link

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) are seeking qualified physicians interested in acquiring credentials and experience to lead genomic medicine research and implementation programs at the NIH, major medical centers and other organizations. Specifically, an NIH coalition - consisting of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the Precision Medicine Initiative All of Us Research Program - have partnered with the ACMG to launch a new fellowship program in Genomic Medicine Program Management. The goal of this fellowship is to increase the pool of physicians trained in managing research and implementation programs in 'genomic medicine' (i.e., the use of genomic information as part of an individual patient's clinical care).

The Genomic Medicine Program Management Fellowship is intended to last 24 months, and will be located primarily in the Bethesda, Maryland area.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hannah H. Gray Fellows Program

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will move science forward and inspire the next generation of scientists from America's diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition, which is now open for applications.

Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community. Note: this is the first year of the program, and applications are due February 15, 2017.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar GrantsExternal Link

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards target U.S. individuals who have recently completed their doctoral degrees.  They support study abroad in a wide range of disciplines.

Empire State Fellows Program External Link

The two-year Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that prepares a new generation of leaders for policy-making roles in New York State government, and encourages professionals from underrepresented groups to join the Governor in creating a New New York. The 2016 class of Empire State Fellows will serve from September 2016 to September 2018, and receive an annual salary commensurate with experience not to exceed $72,765, plus a generous benefits package. At the end of the fellowship, a performance review process will identify Fellows that will be given the opportunity to continue to serve as leaders in New York State government after completing the program.

James Smithson Fellowship Program External Link

The James Smithson Fellowship Program is open to post-doctoral students in the fields of science, the humanities and the arts. Fellows will work in one of the subject areas defined by the Smithsonian strategic plan's four grand challenges: Understanding the American Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, and Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe. Specific fellowships will be tailored to each individual's interests, field and talents. The application deadline is January 15.

ASEAN-US Science & Technology Fellowship program

The ASEAN region boasts strong skills and potential in science and technology and seeks to leverage these capacities to increase regional competitiveness, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, improve resource management, and enhance the lives of its citizens. Currently, few non-governmental scientists are consulted by ASEAN Member State (AMS) governments on policy decisions, and these scientists generally have a limited understanding of the government decision-making processes and how to effectively engage. ASEAN has a role to play in fostering and institutionalizing a culture of science-based policymaking throughout the region, and the Fellowship seeks to provide opportunities for policy-makers and scientists alike to learn from one another.

Thematic focus areas for the program include: sustainable energy; climate change; and science, technology, and innovation policy. Applicants must come from one of the ASEAN countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This is a unique opportunity for participating scientists to learn new skills, apply their knowledge to national and regional priorities, see how their governments work from the inside, and forge connections with S&T Fellows in other ASEAN countries, as well as with U.S. scientists.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Teaching Fellowships External Link

These fellowships support recent college graduates and career changers to become High School and Middle School educators in high needs rural and urban communities.  They seek to recruit high-achieving candidates who are interested in and show promise as Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM) teachers.

Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program External Link

This program seeks dynamic, passionate individuals who are committed to addressing the critical health and aging policy issues that we face today. This program is designed to build a cadre of leaders whose contributions to policymaking will enhance the lives of older Americans for decades to come. With professional backgrounds across the spectrum of disciplines and career pathways in geriatrics, gerontology and aging services and armed with the Program's extensive training and direct experiences in U.S. health policymaking, Health and Aging Policy Fellows go on to play key roles in the design and implementation of healthcare policy. We invite you to explore the possibility of joining this cadre of leaders in the field.

Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship External Link

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) administer the Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship. The fellowship is designed as a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to a policy career. This unique fellowship provides three separate types of policy experience: within NHGRI's policy branch; on Capitol Hill serving elected officials in the Legislative Branch; and at ASHG in the non-profit science advocacy sector.

Genetics and Education Fellowship External Link

This is a fellowship program designed for genetics professionals with an advanced degree who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of national genomic literacy efforts, or informal science education, or science education policy and program development, or education research. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in genetics education program development with NHGRI (the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute) and ASHG (the American Society for Human Genetics) and to work directly with other organizations involved in genetics education (optional).

Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellows Program partnership with KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV and fellowships at janelia farms External Link

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)  Medical Research Fellows Program aims to support the development of clinician scientists. Its fellowships are open to medical, dental, and veterinary school students. Participants from schools located in the U.S. to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research.

Supreme Court Fellows Program

These fellowships are open to individuals with a post-graduate degree, at least two years of professional experiences, and multidisciplinary training and experience, including familiarity with the judicial process.

Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowships Program External Link

The Harvard School of Public Health Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to increase diversity among individuals who wish to pursue academic careers in public health.  Working closely with accomplished faculty mentors, Yerby fellows gain experience and skills in areas critical to success in an academic environment, with an emphasis on research, publication, and grant writing.  

Applicants should be members of a minority group that is underrepresented in academic public health; individuals from other backgrounds that would contribute to academic diversity, including those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, will also be considered.  Candidates must have received (or be about to receive) a doctoral degree in a relevant field.

FDA Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship

The purpose of the Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship is to train selected candidates in one of three tracks focused on the medical and regulatory aspects of drug information dissemination, drug advertising and promotion, or medication safety. The program serves to maintain and enhance a scientific link among the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academia, and the pharmaceutical industry. The program also provides an opportunity for the fellow to develop an understanding of the processes of the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry in the delivery of drug information, the regulatory oversight of prescription drug marketing practices, and the assessment and enhancement of medication safety. The fellowship gives participants the unique opportunity to experience careers in the areas of government, academia and industry, thus, qualifying graduates to pursue career opportunities in each respective area.

The fellowship is a two-year program consisting of rotations with FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, and Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC or Eli Lilly and Company.

FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program

This two-year program in regulatory science combines coursework and research.  Fellows train at the FDA White Oak campus in Silver Spring.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program External Link

The program seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists as they not only become more adept at describing scientific concepts to the journalism community, but also better equipped to engage the public about the impact of their work. The fellowship places 10 to 15 senior undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate science and engineering students at media sites nationwide to work as summer science reporters for 10 weeks. Past sites have included the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. An eligible applicant's field of study must be in the natural, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences, or mathematics. 

Society for Research in Child Development Policy fellowships External Link

The society offers two types of fellowships: Congressional and Executive Branch.  Fellows are members of the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship Program.  Individuals who are members of SRCD and US citizens are eligible to apply. 

American Veterinary Medical Association Congressional Fellowships External Link

Fellows are members of the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship Program (see below)

American Institute of Physics State Department Fellowship Program External Link

Most of the foreign policy issues faced by the U.S. Department of State have a scientific or technical component.  Contribute by spending a year in the Department.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a PhD in physics or a closely related field, and be members of one of AIP's ten member societies.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships External Link

AAAS Fellowships provide scientists at all career levels the opportunity to spend a year in Washington, DC, working in Congress or an agency of the Executive Branch.

California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships External Link

This program, which is modeled on the AAAS program above, places fellows in the California state legislature for one-year appointments. The citizenship requirements are less stringent than the AAAS requirements. 

National Academies of Science Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program External Link

This 12-week program is designed to engage participants in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. Graduate and professional students and postdocs are eligible to apply.  There are multiple sessions a year.

USAID Global Health Fellows External Link

Paid summer internships in the Washington, D.C. offices of the U.S. Agency for International Development

National Academies of Science master list of fellowships, scholarships, and grants External Link