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Associate Fellowship Program: How to Apply

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program is open to U.S. and Canadian library and information science professionals, as well as graduate students completing their degrees. Up to five qualified Associate Fellows may be selected.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Master's degree in an ALA-accredited library/information science program, earned by June of the year of appointment or within 5 years. Undergraduate degree can be in any major.
  • United States or Canadian citizenship. (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.)
  • Desirable, but not essential:
    • Work experience in a library or health sciences environment.
    • Demonstrated interest or experience in leadership.

To Apply:

Applications opened in November 2022 and must be received by January 27, 2023 11:59 pm EST; recommendations are due January 31, 2023 11:59 pm EST.

All applicants must submit an application using the online application system, Zintellect.

Only complete applications will be considered.  If you have questions about the application process, send an email to Please refer to the Associate Fellowship Program in your email.

Application Process and Timeline:

NLM staff review applications in March, invite 10 to 12 applicants to interview in April and May, and make offers to candidates by mid-May. The NLM Associate Fellowship Program year begins July 1 each year and ends June 30 the following year.

How We Recruit

We announce the opening of the Associate Fellowship Program applications on the job sites or listservs of all ALA-accedited library schools. We also share the announcement with the ALA Spectrum Scholars; post to the job site of the Association of Research Libraries, and with the ACRL Residency Interest Group. We also post to professional listservs including JESSE, MEDLIB-L, FEDLIB-L, and AAHSL. We ask the Network of the National Library of Medicine to share the announcement with Network members, email instructors of health sciences courses at iSchools and library schools and ask that alumni Associate Fellows as well as NLM staff share with their networks. We post to LinkedIn, tweet, and will present at online library school career fairs, or class presentations. We also respond to individual emails about the Associate Fellowship Program: email .

Contact Us:

If you have questions about the application process, please contact ORISE:

100 ORAU Way 
Oak Ridge, TN 37831 
Phone: (865) 576-9975
Fax: (865) 574-2846

If you have questions about the interview process or the program, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Kathel Dunn, Program Coordinator
NLM Associate Fellowship Program
National Library of Medicine
Phone: (301) 827-4284

Last Reviewed: October 31, 2022