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The NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program Fellowship application is closed for 2015. Check back for updates from this years class of fellows and announcements for the 2016 application. 

NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program Fellowship Announcement


The NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) is pleased to announce a one‐year fellowship in the clinical characterization, basic science and genomics of undiagnosed diseases.

The fellowship will provide stipendiary support, based on training and experience, and travel to one related meeting.

Fellows will be taught to use cutting edge techniques to evaluate individuals and families with complex undiagnosed diseases. A strong emphasis will be placed on genomic analysis and the integration of data from multiple sources including medical records, clinical phenotyping and metabolomic assays. Participants will be taught strategies for selecting, evaluating and following up on undiagnosed diseases patients who are likely to have inherited and/or heritable conditions. Fellows will learn how to facilitate collaboration among clinicians, bioinformaticians and translational researchers.


NIH UDP Fellowships are open to individuals who have completed MD, PhD or equivalent degrees in related fields. Bioinformatics and/or genetics backgrounds are optimal. Applicants without a bioinformatics background will be considered, but they must be willing to learn to use the computational tools used for genomic analysis. Fellows will be given extensive exposure to the clinical processes of the UDP, but will not have any direct patient care responsibilities. One to three fellows are chosen each year. Early and mid‐career applicants will be given preference. International applicants will be considered. Selected fellows will be required to work at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland for the duration of the fellowship.


Fellows will be expected to participate in several regular meetings, addressing topics such as UDP participant selection, bioinformatics, and laboratory/collaboration follow up of individual cases. Fellows will be expected to publish one paper on a relevant topic and prepare and present a poster or platform talk at a national meeting.

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