How to Apply


Prospective fellows must be citizens of the United States and are expected to have completed their Ph.D. by the time the fellowship begins. Candidates are expected to show competence in some aspect of microbiology, have a broad background in science and technology, and have interest and some experience in applying scientific knowledge toward the solution of social problems. Candidates are expected to be excellent writers, articulate, literate, adaptable, interested in work on a range of microbiology issues, and able to work with a variety of people from diverse professional backgrounds.


A complete application for the fellowship must include:

  1. A letter from the candidate indicating a desire to apply and listing three references.

  2. Three letters of references.

    Reference letters should address: The reference's relationship to candidate; An evaluation of the technical accomplishments and relative standing of the candidate among his or her peers; The candidate's known interest and experience in applying his or her expertise to the solution of societal problems; The candidates ability to communicate and to interact productively with individuals and groups; An assessment of the candidate's maturity and judgmental ability; and An opinion about the candidate's professional future.

    References should include individuals who can discuss not only the candidate's professional competence but also other aspects of his or her background interests which would make the applicant particularly qualified to serve as a Colloquium Fellow.

  3. A statement from the candidate about his or her qualifications and career goals. The candidate's statement should not exceed 1,000 words. The statement should cover the following areas: Why the fellowship is desired; How the candidate is qualified for the Fellowship; and What outcome is hoped for relative to the candidate's career goals.

  4. An updated C.V.

Applications, reference letters, and questions should be addressed to:

Colloquium Program Fellowship
American Academy of Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 942-9227
Fax: (202) 942-9353

Applications due May 15, 2012.

Candidates selected for interviews must provide travel to and from Washington at their own expense. The candidate is responsible for soliciting the required references, providing the six guidelines for the reference response and seeing that the references are forwarded before the deadline.