National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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How to Apply

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Application Deadline
1/28/2022 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks recent graduates, including early and second career librarians, interested in advancing equitable and innovative futures for biomedical libraries to participate in a one-year fellowship that fosters the development of aspiring library leaders.

What will I be doing?

As an National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, you will:

  • Select and participate on projects ranging from operations to research and development; project opportunities are in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, common data elements
  • Grow professionally and learn in a cohort, participating in an established set of workshops 
  • Develop skills in data science, foundations for leadership
  • Receive support from experienced mentors 
  • Attend professional conferences

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) offers a series of workshops in library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development, and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services, and the extensive engagement and education program. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and collaborate with NLM staff over a six-month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of NLM. 

Appointment Length

This appointment is a one-year research appointment starting July 1, 2022, and ending June 30, 2023.

Participant Benefits

  • Annual stipend of $60,129
  • Health Insurance Supplement of $500 per month - Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).
  • Relocation Allowance up to $1,500, for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned facility, if the program is held in-person.
  • Training and Travel Allowance that can be used for attendance at local and national conferences and other relevant training materials as determined by NLM and ORISE.

More about NLM

The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space, where we have regular cultural events for staff and the public. Excellent restaurants, shops, transportation, and entertainment make Bethesda a great place to work, and the wealth of museums, monuments, parks, sports and cultural activities in the Washington metropolitan area provides ample recreation opportunities. A metro subway station (Medical Center on the red line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and North Virginia. Free parking onsite is also available.

NLM is committed to recruiting and developing a workforce that is inclusive of a broad range of underrepresented people, including racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. NLM’s commitment to workforce diversity extends to advocating for diversity of thought and plurality of methods. A commitment to diversity is grounded in the belief that full participation of a diverse workforce improves team performance, engendering robust array of knowledge representations as well as culturally appropriate means of supporting discovery and delivering health information. 

Nature of Appointment

The appointment is full-time at NIH NLM in Bethesda, Maryland. It is possible the program will be virtual in 2022-2023.

This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (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 Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine (NLM).  Participants do not become employees of NIH, NLM, ORAU, ORISE, DOE, or any other agency, and there are no employment-related benefits. 

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship, this opportunity will require a suitability/background investigation by NIH. Any offer made is considered tentative, pending favorable outcome of the investigation.

For additional information about the program, see the NLM-AFP web site at:

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


The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is open to those who meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold United States or Canadian Citizenship
  • Be at least 18 years old by June 30, 2022
  • Have earned an American Library Association (ALA) accredited master's degree, by June 30, 2022, or within the previous five years

Preferred candidates should:

  • Hold United States Citizenship
  • Have experience in a library or health sciences environment
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in leadership

A complete application consists of:

  • Zintellect Profile
  • Application questions
  • Transcripts/Academic records - Unofficial transcripts or copies of academic record may be submitted including courses completed or in progress through Fall 2021.
  • A current resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Three educational or professional recommendations; one must be from a library school professor.  Recommenders are asked to describe applicant's Scientific Capabilities and Personal Characteristics, and must specify how they know the applicant.  The best recommendations are from professionals who can speak to the applicant's abilities and potential for success.  The weakest references are those from personal (non-professional) acquaintances such as friends, relatives, and neighbors.  Recommendations must be submitted via Zintellect by January, 30, 2022, 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time Zone.  

Submitted documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system. 

If you have questions, contact us at Please include the reference code (NIH-NLM-AFP-2022) for this opportunity in your email.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/30/2022 11:12:25 AM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (3 )
    • Other Non-S&E (1 )

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

I have or will have a Master's degree in an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library/information science program, by June 30, 2022, or within the previous five years.