National Library of Medicine Training Grant Fellowship Program

Training Opportunities

Biomedical informatics is an interdisciplinary field requiring knowledge of biology, medicine, computer and information sciences, engineering, biostatistics, and human behavior. Our trainees come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds including physicians, nurses, linguists, computer scientists, cognitive scientists, biochemists, engineers, and statisticians.
Research areas are separated into four broad tracks, but overlap across tracks is also encouraged. We provide opportunities for specialization in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:

Translational Bioinformatics:
Human Genetics
Structural Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
Epigenomics and Functional Genomics
Metagenomics
Systems Biology and Networks

Health Informatics:
Clinical Informatics
Human-Computer Interaction
Pharmacy Informatics
Imaging Informatics

Clinical Research Informatics:
Infrastructures for Human Subjects Research
Clinical Data Research Networks
Data Modeling for Discovery and Reuse

Environmental Exposures and Public Health Informatics:
Health behaviors and environmental exposure assessment
Global Health
Syndromic surveillance

Our training program is an intellectually invigorating course of study that will form an excellent basis for starting your career in biomedical informatics research.

  • Masters in Advanced Studies in Clinical Research
    Ideal for preparing the clinician for a research career, this 36-unit degree program can be completed in 18 to 24 months and provides a strong background in statistics, study design, and an introduction to biomedical informatics.
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering
    This rigorous computer science program is geared to those wishing to apply a computer science degree towards the health field. Biomedical informatics students take approximately 12 units of informatics electives as part of the 49-unit Master’s program. This program requires a strong computational background prior to admission.
  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Science
    This program provides broad training in neurological processes and phenomena; the experimental methods, results, and theories from the study of psychology, language, and social and cultural issues; and the studies of computational mechanisms. Biomedical Informatics students will take at least 13 units of informatics electives.
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
    The goal of this program is to develop future generations of innovative biomedical scientists who will create new knowledge, solve problems and contribute to the health and well being of mankind. Biomedical Informatics students will take at least 13 units of informatics

Determining which degree is best for you will depend upon your academic background and your professional interests.

Fellowship Program

In July, 2012 we were awarded the NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM) biomedical informatics training grant. Individuals seeking graduate degrees leading to research careers in biomedical informatics, who are US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have permanent residency status (as evidenced by Card I-551), are eligible. We were renewed an additional five years in 2017. Our five-year grant supports a total of 12 biomedical informatics trainees, including pre-doctoral Bioinformatics PhD students and postdoctoral MD's pursuing the Masters in Clinical Research.

In 2017, the NLM annual training grant conference was hosted by UCSD.

As part of the NLM training grant, we also offer special short-term internship appointments. For these fellowships, we encourage individuals to apply who are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; have disabilities; or are from economically, socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Applications are accepted year-round; qualified applicants should send their personal statement and CV to dbmifellowship at ucsd dot edu.

How to Apply

The NLM fellowship is awarded after acceptance into one of the biomedical informatics graduate degree programs. Application for admission to graduate studies is made directly through your chosen degree program. Individuals seeking graduate degrees leading to research careers in biomedical informatics, who are US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have permanent residency status (as evidenced by Card I-551), are eligible. Please consult each program's website for application details:

To be considered for the NLM fellowship, in addition to submitting your application and documentation to the degree program of your choice, please send the following to dbmifellowship at ucsd dot edu:

  1. Personal Statement- explaining why you are a good candidate for the fellowship and what you hope to accomplish as an NLM trainee, the specific kind of research and topics you are interested in studying and what your goals are after completing the fellowship.
  2. A current and up to date CV; and
  3. In the body of your email please indicate which degree program you are applying to.