Applicants working in any area of microbiology, including pathogenesis, will be considered. Applicants with bold new perspectives and ‘outside the box’ approaches, particularly those focused on interdisciplinary, collaborative research are strongly encouraged as are those from members of groups that are typically under‐represented in science.


Graduate students, including MD-PhD, and postdocs are eligible. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to graduation but must have received their degree before starting as a Fellow. Eligibility is restricted to applicants who have not graduated yet or have graduated within two years prior to the application deadline.

Application Requirements:

All materials should be submitted as a combined PDF under the file name LASTNAME_AIMS24
  • CV/BioSketch
  • 1 page summary of previous work
  • 1 page statement describing goals for the research
  • Citations for the previous work and the research proposal may be included on a separate page
  • 3 letters of reference: Letters should address why the candidate is ready to start an independent lab, how the candidate’s proposal has the potential for high impact and how it is distinct from existing work in their mentor’s lab. Letters should be submitted directly to with the subject line and file name CANDIDATENAME_REFERENCENAME.
All material should be submitted to .