National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts; Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be uploaded.
  • A current résumé/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • Three educational or professional references; one must be from a library school professor

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
1/24/2020 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship is a one-year residency program (starting September 1 and ending August 31) for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project efforts and is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project efforts ranging from:

  • Data wrangling, data analysis, data visualization, programming, and data policy
  • Policy and standards analysis and development
  • Creation of online tutorials and educational videos, conducting user needs assessments
  • Development of an in-depth understanding of the development, production, implementation of NLM product and services

The Associate Fellowship offers opportunities for professional development through:

  • Participation in lectures, exercises, short and extended visits to other health sciences libraries
  • Attendance at local and national conferences, including the Medical Library Association annual meeting
  • Workshops on work style, resume review, negotiation, and presentation skills
  • Mentorship from a program coordinator and NLM staff who serve as preceptors

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of NLM contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive an annual stipend of $57,510; additional supplement for health insurance; relocation funding; and travel and training support to attend conferences. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at NIH NLM in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of NLM, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

For additional information about the program, see the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows web site:

For information about the program, contact Kathel Dunn, PhD, Program Coordinator, at


Master's degree in an ALA-accredited library/information science program, earned by August of the year of appointment or within the previous two years. (Undergraduate degree can be in any major.)

Opportunity open to US and Canadian citizens only. 

Note: Canadians with ALA-accredited Master's degrees should use the same application process as U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens will receive first preference.

Work experience in a library or health sciences environment.

Demonstrated interest or experience in leadership.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (1 )

I certify that I am a U.S. citizen or Canadian citizen.

I have or will have a Master's degree in an ALA-accredited library/information science program, earned by August of the year of appointment or within the previous two years. (Undergraduate degree can be in any major.)