Establish a Microbiology Fellowship Program

In order to establish a postgraduate fellowship program in microbiology, an application must be submitted for review. A complete application consists of:

  • A completed application form that includes brief biographical sketches of all principal staff members and is signed by the chief administrator
  • A letter stating adherence to the ASM Code of Ethics
  • Program's training rotation objectives
  • A self-evaluation detailing strengths and weaknesses of the microbiology program
  • $1,200.00 accreditation fee and payment of site visit team's expenses (These fees are invoiced and paid after the site visit.)

Application for Accreditation of Postgraduate Program in Microbiology
Guidelines for Self-Evaluation
ASM Code of Ethics

Establish an Immunology Fellowship Program

In order to establish a postgraduate fellowship program in immunology, an application must be submitted for review.  A complete application consists of:

  • A completed application form that includes brief biographical sketches of all principal staff members and is signed by the chief administrator
  • A letter stating adherence to the ASM Code of Ethics
  • Program's training rotation objectives
  • A self-evaluation detailing strengths and weaknesses of the immunology program
  • $1,200.00 accreditation fee and payment of site visit team's expenses (These fees are invoiced and paid after the site visit.)

Application for Accreditation of Postgraduate Program in Immunology
Guidelines for Self-Evaluation
ASM Code of Ethics

General Information about Postgraduate Training


As part of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American College of Microbiology oversees ASM's certification and accreditation programs. Accreditation refers to the minimum educational standards a training program must meet. The American College of Microbiology's Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) has developed standards to train doctoral-level (Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., O.D., Dr. P.H., etc.) microbiologists and immunologists in the clinical profession of laboratory medicine. CPEP-training prepares microbiologists and immunologists in the clinical profession for employment in medical and public health laboratories, immunology laboratories, research programs, industry, and universities.

Would you like to play a major role in the diagnosis of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases? Would you like to help manage the day-to-day therapy of patients without going to medical school? Have you ever wondered how a hospital responds to an outbreak of a contagious infectious disease or to a bioterrorism threat? Would you like to learn how to direct a clinical laboratory? If so, an American College of Microbiology's accredited postgraduate training program may be the place for you. There are programs located throughout the U.S. where you can learn all of these things and more!

The length of the training is two years. The purpose of this training is to teach you how to develop and direct a microbiology or immunology diagnostic service which will support clinical diagnosis and epidemiological data, to develop and communicate reliable interpretations of microbiological or immunological data, to plan and conduct effective training programs to fill needs in microbiology and immunology, and to design and conduct microbiological or immunological research to solve medical and public health problems.

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How to Apply for a Position in a CPEP-Approved Postgraduate Fellowship Program

To apply for a position in a postgraduate fellowship program, the applicant must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., D.O., Dr. P.H., etc.) with graduate education in microbiology or immunology.

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply to some programs; check the programs' descriptions for their eligibility requirements.

Applicants should submit the on-line application to programs of interest to them. Descriptions of the programs are available and a list of programs is provided at the bottom of the application form. The programs will acknowledge receipt of the application and request additional information from the applicant if interested. In some instances, a secondary application from the program may need to be completed. Upon review of the applicant's credentials, the program may request an interview. Applicants must travel to the program at their own expense to be interviewed by the program director and principal staff members.

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