National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program

Job Description

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks early and second career librarians within five years of graduation interested in advancing equitable and innovative futures for biomedical libraries to participate in a one-year fellowship that fosters the development of librarians seeking to lead in medical or health sciences libraries.

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) offers a series of staff taught sessions in library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development, and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services, and the NLM engagement and education program. Associate Fellows develop a national and international perspective of the NLM role in health science and biomedical science. Associate Fellows choose projects to collaborate on and complete with NLM staff allowing them to gain valuable project experience in areas that aid their future career. Associate Fellow projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that became a part of the services and products of NLM.

What will I be doing?

As a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, you will:
• Participate in projects ranging from operations to research and development; project opportunities are in data and open science, vocabularies and ontologies, scholarly communication, user engagement, and training
• Grow professionally and learn in a cohort, participating in a formal curriculum taught by staff experts
• Develop skills in data science (analysis, visualization)
• Develop foundations for leadership (presenting, network building
• Receive support from experienced mentors
• Attend professional conferences, and a one-week practicum at a health sciences library

Appointment Length

This appointment is a one-year research appointment starting July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2024.

Participant Benefits

• Annual stipend of $61,947
• Health Insurance Supplement
• 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.


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, 2023
• Have earned an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s degree, by June 30, 2023, or within the previous five years; If you are a student, you must be able to show proof of your degree by June 30, 2023.

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