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Programs & Support for Fellows: Benefits of Training at NIDDK

The following opportunities for additional support and professional development are available to NIDDK fellows. 

Fellowship Office

The NIDDK Fellowship Office supports each fellow through the duration of their program.  The Office also coordinates seminars, workshops, and other opportunities to enhance professional and career development. 

Conferences and Seminars

Conferences and seminars encourage networking, improve marketing, interviewing, and career skills, and promote an exchange of technical knowledge.
  • Annual NIDDK Scientific Conference - This two-day research and career development-oriented conference provides an opportunity for NIDDK fellows to share their research findings and network with other fellows, current NIDDK investigators, and NIDDK alumni.
  • Career Panel - The career panelists describe their career trajectories, discuss the relative merits and demerits of their everyday jobs, and the skillsets required to land in positions.

Programs and Funding Available for NIDDK Fellow​s

Internships and additional funding are available for current NIDDK fellows.

  • Nancy Nossal Fellowship Award - Fellows who compete successfully for this award will receive additional compensation.
  • Internship Program - Fellows may participate in rotations at NIDDK offices to develop professional skills and enhance the scope of their networking contacts.
  • Buddy Program - The Buddy Program matches up current visiting fellows with new visiting fellows from the same home country.
  • Teaching and Mentoring (NIH) - Teaching experience is crucial to successfully finding a job in a tight academic job market.  Fellows have several opportunities to gain experience teaching and mentoring both at and outside of NIDDK and NIH. 
  • Grant Writing Workshops - NIH-wide grant writing workshops are available through NIH’s Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) and Office of Extramural Research (OER).  Grant Writing advice is also available through the Extramural Nexus blog.  In addition, an NIDDK Grant Writing Workshop is available specifically for NIDDK fellows.  This course takes place in a small-class setting and covers the essential skills needed for preparing a competitive grant proposal.  Skills such as developing budgets and justifications are covered, among others that are essential aptitudes for running a laboratory.