The ASM Research Capstone Fellowship awards underrepresented minority students up to $2,000 to attend and present at the ASM Microbe Academy for Professional Development and the ASM Microbe Meeting (contingent upon abstract acceptance).

Doctoral candidates receive up to $2,000 in additional funding during years two and three of the fellowship to participate in professional development courses/training and/or attend local or national meetings.

What are the benefits of the fellowship?

Unique opportunities for professional development and career networking in the microbial sciences to improve:

  • success in academic preparedness
  • career prospects
  • persistence
  • self-advocacy

Program Details

  1. Community college, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate students
    A one-year professional development fellowship that enhances students’ presentation and networking skills, provides resources to introduce them to disciplinary scientific meetings, and prepares them to transition to graduate school.
  2. Master’s level and early doctoral students (prior to taking the preliminary exam)
    A one-year professional development fellowship that helps students secure a research project and mentor who fosters their interests in the microbial sciences and guides them in completing graduate school and pursuing doctoral candidacy.
  3. Doctoral candidates (post-preliminary examination)
    A three-year professional development fellowship that helps doctoral candidates successfully complete their doctoral degree and transition into the next phase of their career in the microbial sciences.


Eligibility requirements include:

  • ASM membership
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or DACA eligibility
  • Enrollment as a community college, undergraduate, or post-baccalaureate student
  • Membership of an underrepresented minority group
  • Conducting research in the microbiological sciences
  • Submission of an abstract for presentation at ASM Microbe 2019
  • A research mentor who is an ASM member (does not apply to the community college, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate track)


The application window for the Research Capstone Fellowship is now closed and will reopen in October of 2019.

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Have any questions?
Contact Shaundra Holmes at 202-942-9282 or email