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Associate Fellowship Program: How to Apply

Application Deadline: The application deadline for 2015-2016 is February 5, 2015.

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 August of the year of appointment or within 2 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:

All applicants must submit an application form, a structured resume, two narrative statements, three references, and an official transcript for each degree earned. Please click on the links below to access the application and reference forms.  Be sure to carefully follow the instructions provided for each form to ensure that all required information is submitted. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application Form (pdf)  Reference Form  (pdf)

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), managed and operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), administers this program for the National Library of Medicine through an interagency agreement with the Department of Energy. Applications will be processed by ORISE before they are sent to NLM.


Application Process and Timeline:

There is not a standard notification date for potential interviewees. Generally, notification is received in March or April. Between 10 and 12 applicants will be asked to visit NLM for an interview. If you are selected for an interview, the Program Coordinator will contact you by phone or email. The interview committee will make their selection of the new Associates by late April or early May.


Contact Us:

If you have questions about the application or if the preceding file formats do not meet your needs, please contact:

1299 Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830-0117
Phone: (865) 576-9975
Fax: (865) 574-2846

Additional questions about the program may be addressed to:

Kathel Dunn, Program Coordinator
NLM Associate Fellowship Program
8600 Rockville Pike
Building 38, Room 2N-05, MSC 3818
Bethesda, MD 20894
Phone: (301) 435-4083
Fax: (301) 480-2370