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AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships

Get hands-on medical research training — at the source.AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships

The Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with the National Library of Medicine to present the AHCJ-NLM Fellowships. AHCJ will select journalists to spend a week on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

The selected journalists will:

  • Learn how to explore the latest NIH research

  • Learn to understand and interpret biomedical statistics

  • Take advantage of NLM's data, programs and resources for stronger stories

  • Get hands-on training in PubMed, MedlinePlus,, ToxNet and Household Products Database

Enhance your medical and scientific reporting through this specialized fellowship. See a sample agenda as an example of the kinds of topics you'll be exposed to.

Candidates should be working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership – please check here to see if you qualify. The fellowship includes AHCJ membership (new or renewed), travel expenses within the United States, a food stipend and lodging.

Feedback from previous fellows:

Topnotch program, a lot of really good speakers, a great overview of medical research in general and NIH in particular. I can write with more confidence about the NIH and about medical research.
— Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post

As someone who uses Pubmed and almost daily, I thought I knew my way around these databases pretty well. This fellowship showed me this was not the case! I not only found new sources of information, but ways to get more out of the tools I use every day.
— Laura Beil, independent journalist

"Fantastic program! I learned about several resources I didn’t know about even after spending 20 years covering health topics. Thank you!"
— Rebecca Shannonhouse, Bottom Line/Health 

"Incredibly helpful introduction to resources. This will undoubtedly improve the accuracy of my reporting and open the doors to entirely new ways of finding stories and areas to investigate. Everyone who does health reporting should understand this stuff, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to learn at the NLM."
— Alex Smith, KCUR-Kansas City

"The subject matter was relevant, topical and well presented. It was a pleasure to spend time on the NIH campus with fellow journalists from a variety of backgrounds."
— Matt Perrone, The Associated Press

Click here to apply.

The deadline is to be determined.

Questions? Contact Susan Cunningham, or 573-882-2203.

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