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New Fellowship in Data Science and Bioinformatics

Get paid to work at the National Institutes of Health and earn a master's in Data Science, with your degree courses paid as part of the fellowship award.

The CARD/FAES/UMBC Master of Professional Studies in Data Science Fellowship is a pathway for scientists to work at the NIH while they earn a master’s degree; the program aims to build a stronger, more diverse and inclusive community in biomedical data science. Fellows receive a full-time remunerated position at CARD while they complete courses at FAES and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) toward a nonthesis graduate degree (awarded by UMBC).  

The Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD) is a collaborative initiative of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) that supports basic, translational, and clinical research on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Through the fellowship, CARD aims to cultivate the next generation of data science and bioinformatics professionals at CARD. Fellowship awardees will gain foundational knowledge in data analysis and data management through collaborative online instruction and research performed at CARD with experts in the field of Alzheimer's and related dementia research. Beyond their coursework, as members of the research team, fellows have the opportunity to utilize and refine new skills while working with real data curated at CARD.

The program is a 30-credit hour professional graduate degree with a mandated minimum GPA of 3.0. The two-year degree program courses are taught by highly experienced data science professionals. Three application cohorts will be administered over three years; each cohort will start in the Fall semester of 2022 (Cohort I), 2023 (Cohort II), and 2024 (Cohort III).  Application deadlines for Cohorts II and III will be posted in the spring of the corresponding year.