National Academy of Medicine

The NAM Fellowship

The NAM Fellowship allows early-career health science scholars to participate in evidence-based health care or public health studies that affect the health of the American people. Through direct involvement in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies), the fellowship prepares young investigators to contribute to the future direction of health care throughout their careers while also accelerating their career development.

This fellowship is designed for health science scholars who are 1-to-10 years out from completion of a residency or receipt of a doctoral degree to participate in the process by which the National Academies provide health advice to the nation. This experience will enable the fellows to build a network of mentors who can be called on throughout their careers and will provide them with the perspective of studying health care challenges from a range of disciplines and viewpoints to develop sound health care strategies and policies.

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is interested in applicants with a diverse range of disciplines, specialties, and backgrounds, and is particularly interested in introducing women and under-represented minorities to health care policy issues. Over time, the NAM Fellowship will create a cadre of health science scholars who will expand the nation’s capacity for research, leadership and policy development to more effectively advance the public’s health.

Fellowship Description

Each fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellows are expected to continue to work at their principal academic positions, while they are assigned to a health- and medicine-related board of the National Academies. The fellowship requires a 10 to 20 percent commitment of time and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of their assigned board. A flexible research stipend of $25,000 is awarded to each fellow and is administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution.

In addition, fellows participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. This experience introduces fellows to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. Each fellow is assigned an NAM member, who will serve as a senior mentor.

Hear from Inaugural NAM Fellow Rebekah Gee, MD:

Endowed Fellowships

  • The Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Fellowship is named in honor of Norman F. Gant, M.D., a member of the NAM and the executive director of ABOG. The fellowship is designed to provide an exceptional learning and career development opportunity to obstetricians and gynecologists early in their careers.
  • The James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellowship provides talented, early-career health policy or health science scholars in the field of family medicine to participate in health- and- medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field.
  • The overall purpose of the Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship at the NAM is to enable talented, early-career scholars combining biomedical science and population health to participate actively in the National Academies study process, promoting the integration of public health and medicine — both scientifically and through practice and policy.
  • The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) Fellowship provides early-career health science scholars with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based health care or public health studies that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems.
  • The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics enables young investigators to participate actively in health- and- medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy.
  • The NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy is designed to enable talented, early-career health policy or health science scholars to participate actively in health- and- medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field of pharmacy.
  • The NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine provides early-career faculty and future leaders in osteopathic medicine with the opportunity to participate actively in health- and- medicine-related work of the National Academies.