ASM Research Capstone Fellowship

Funding For Professional Development and Career Networking

The Research Capstone Fellowship is available to underrepresented minority students at three different levels:

  • Community college, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate students
  • Master’s level and early-graduate students (prior to taking the preliminary exam)
  • Doctoral candidates (post-preliminary exam)

All Fellows receive up to $2,000 to attend and present at the ASM Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD) 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 (contingent upon approval of progress report and annual budget plan).

Apply for the Research Capstone Fellowship
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

Program Benefits

The Research Capstone Fellowship provides unique opportunities for professional development and career networking in the microbial sciences to improve:

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


You are eligible, if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • ASM member
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA eligible
  • From an underrepresented minority group
  • Have conducted research in the microbiological sciences
  • Submitted an abstract for presentation at ASM Microbe
  • Research mentor is an ASM member (does not apply to the community college, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate track)


Determine Your Track:

  1. Community College, Undergraduate, and Post-baccalaureate students
    A one-year professional development fellowship focusing on enhancing students’ presentation and networking skills, providing resources to transition students to disciplinary scientific meetings, and preparing them to transition to graduate school.
  2. Master’s level and Early-graduate students (prior to taking the preliminary exam)
    A one-year professional development fellowship focusing on helping 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 focusing on helping doctoral candidates successfully complete their doctoral degree and transition into the next phase of their development in the microbial sciences.

Apply by March 1, 2018. 

Learn More

Curious about what former Fellows have done? Read about J. Alan Goggins’ journey and his tips for overcoming experimental hurdles, or Ada Hagan’s tips to begin writing.

For more information about the Research Capstone Fellowship, contact Tiffani Fonseca at 202-942-9283 or   

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