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Revisions to the Fellowship Application & Review Process


Revisions to the Fellowship Application & Review Process

Thursday, September 19, 2024
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET


The NIH fellowship application and review criteria are undergoing changes that take effect for due dates on or after January 25, 2025. These involve restructuring the review criteria used to arrive at an overall impact score, as well as modifications to sections of the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form, candidate biosketch, and referee letter instructions.

The goal for these changes is to:

  • Better focus reviewer attention on three key assessments: the fellowship candidate’s preparedness and potential, research training plan, and commitment to the candidate;
  • Ensure a broad range of candidates and research training contexts can be recognized as meritorious by clarifying and simplifying the language in the application and review criteria; and
  • Reduce bias in review by emphasizing the commitment to the candidate without undue consideration of the sponsor and institutional reputation.

Wondering about the implications for your application? Consider participating in this live, virtual event where NIH experts will provide essential insights and updates on these changes, concluding with a live Q&A session.

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Virtual Event Overview

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Registration Required


The NIH fellowship program provides individual training opportunities to support fellows at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and senior career levels. This webinar would be valuable for candidates, sponsors, research program administrators, and grant writers.

Presentation Resources:

  • PowerPoint: To be posted approximately 24 hours before the webinar.
  • Accessible Video & Transcript: To be posted approximately seven business days after the event concludes.

Related Resources

Reasonable Accommodations:

This webinar will be closed-captioned and will include an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted at least five days before the event to

Agenda Format

  • Introduction
  • Overview of changes
  • Live Q&A with NIH Policy Experts


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Ericka Boone, Ph.D.

Director, Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW)
NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH

Executive Implementation Committee co-chair

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Megan Columbus (Moderator)

Director, Division of Communication and Outreach (DCO)
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH

Executive Implementation Committee co-chair

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Alison Gammie, Ph.D.

Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (DTWD)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH

Executive Implementation Committee co-chair

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Dr. Bruce Reed

Deputy Director, Center for Scientific Review (CSR), NIH

Executive Implementation Committee co-chair

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The NIH Office of Extramural Research strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage and participate fully. This live event includes closed captions and ASL interpreters.
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Reasonable Accommodations and/or questions related to this event should be submitted no less than five business days prior to the event to:

We are dedicated to providing a pleasant experience for all attendees. We expect that participants to treat each other with respect.
NIH will monitor content shared and may delete content constituting unacceptable behavior, and/or expel participants exhibiting
unacceptable behavior from the virtual event for violations of the Code of Conduct.