• Apply Now for 2022-2023 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

    Submit Your Application by April 22

    April 7, 2022, 1:49 p.m. News Staff — As the Academy celebrates the 13th anniversary of its Vaccine Science Fellowship program, the AAFP is actively seeking members to apply to be 2022-2023 fellows.

    Medical team

    Two fellowship positions are available for family physicians interested in working with FP mentors to better understand the intricacies surrounding vaccine science and policy. Members have until April 22 to apply.

    Applicants selected for the fellowship will gain education and practical, hands-on experience by participating in meetings with experts in public health and immunization, federal and state vaccine policy groups, and vaccine manufacturers.

    Background and Requirements

    The Vaccine Science Fellowship program is designed for family physicians who are at the midway point in their professional development. Each fellowship lasts for one year, with a commitment from the fellow’s institution and/or department chair stating that they will allow time for completion of the fellowship from May 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023.

    To be considered for the fellowship, an applicant must be an active member of the AAFP, in practice or teaching, and out of residency and fellowship. The applicant must also be a U.S. citizen. AAFP officers and directors, as well as spouses or children of an officer or director, are not eligible to apply.

    Individuals selected to serve as a Vaccine Science Fellow will

    • devote roughly 10% FTE for one year (about 22 days), including travel to fellowship activities;
    • receive guidance and assistance from family physician mentors on issues related to vaccine science, policy and family medicine;
    • participate on monthly calls to discuss issues such as immunization policies, recommendations, barriers and trends;
    • develop a self-study project that will be disseminated to AAFP members, public health officials, other immunization organizations and other interested parties; and
    • travel for vaccine-related meetings, including either the June 22-23, 2022, or the Oct. 19-20, 2022 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in Atlanta, Ga.

    Travel costs will be covered under the fellowship, and a nominal stipend will be provided to help cover additional expenses.

    How to Apply

    Interested members are encouraged to review the full eligibility requirements before applying. Applicants must submit a copy of their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, a letter from their institution and/or department, and a photograph to Pamela Carter-Smith, senior population health strategist in the Academy’s Division of Research, Science and Health of the Public. Applicants must also complete option 2 of the AAFP’s conflict of interest form.

    All items must be completed and submitted to Carter-Smith by April 22, and members can email her with questions.