Infectious Diseases Fellowship Application Information

There are up to four positions available per year. Candidates are required to apply through Electronic Residencies Application Service (ERAS) and are selected through the National Residency Matching Program. The length of the fellowship program is three years; however, many fellows continue their research activities for one or more additional years. Fellows in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway and those pursuing joint adult-pediatric infectious disease (ID) fellowship training require four years of fellowship.

Loan Repayment

Nearly all infectious disease (ID) fellows with significant educational (undergraduate, graduate, and medical school) debt have been able to receive substantial loan repayment under the NIH loan repayment program. Fellows may apply for one of several categories of loan repayment through this program, the amount most recently ranging from $17,000 to $35,000 per year. The repayment is a generous benefit provided in addition to the annual salary.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualified candidates must have completed three years of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved residency training in internal medicine or medicine-pediatrics in the United States or Canada prior to entering the fellowship program. Residents will be accepted after only two years of internal medicine residency only if they are accepted in the ABIM Research Pathway.

  • Applications are accepted only through ERAS.
  • Through ERAS, applicants will be asked to supply United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores for Steps 1 and 2, a personal statement of career goals, medical school transcripts, and dean’s letter, and three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from the internal medicine program director.
  • Applications are accepted through September 30.
  • Applicants must have passed USMLE Step 3 in order to begin their fellowship training.

Upon receipt of the required materials, we will notify you as to whether an interview will be scheduled. If financial or other constraints prohibit you from attending an interview, you should notify Dr. Zerbe as soon as possible.

Contact Information

You may also contact the NIAID ID Fellowship Program office with questions.

Christa S. Zerbe, M.D.
Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Julie Hoehl
Fellowship Program Coordinator

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