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Training Opportunities

Explore training opportunities available through CARD.

Data Science Master's Degree Fellowship

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CARD has partnered with NIH’s Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) and the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMBC) to offer a unique, research-intensive master’s level fellowship program to build a stronger, more diverse and inclusive community in biomedical data science. The goal of this program is to cultivate the next generation of data science and bioinformatics professionals at CARD. Fellowship awardees will gain foundational knowledge in data analysis and data management through collaborative online instruction and research performed at CARD with experts in the field of Alzheimer's and related dementia research. Beyond their coursework, as a member of the research team, fellows can utilize and refine new skills while working with real data curated at CARD.

Why enroll in this program?

Fellowship awardees will gain foundational knowledge in data analysis and management through collaborative online instruction and direct consultation with experts in the field. Fellows can also utilize and refine the skills they learn by working with real data curated at CARD and its partner initiatives and ICs. However, the use of CARD data, or employment by CARD, is not required for participation.

Application process

Selected candidates will receive a full-time Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Student (Academic) Fellowship to work at CARD for a total of two consecutive years to receive training in data analysis while studying for the MPS degree. The 30-credit hour professional graduate degree program allows qualified students who take specified FAES Data Science and Bioinformatics courses to transfer up to 15 credits to UMBC’s Master’s of Professional Studies (MPS) in Data Science. The master’s degree will be earned in two consecutive years. Fellowship costs will cover costs of the MPS degree, including a paid stipend while working at CARD.

Admission requirements

1. NIA Policy for Appointment of Student (Academic) IRTAs

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident to apply for the Student IRTA status.
  • Applicants must have the ability to train at the NIH campus located in Bethesda, MD.
  • Applicants must be a recent graduate or senior undergraduate who will graduate in spring and apply for the next fall semester start.
  • Applicants must pass a Federal background check. (In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (SF-85). NOTE: Section 14 of the form asks "In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?" The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.)
  • Initial stipend is based on the number of years of experience at the start of the traineeship.
  • Stipend advances are not provided.

2. MPS degree application requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in any subject with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; preferably in computation or biomedical field
  • Completion of at least one college-level math, statistics, or programming course. This requirement can be substituted for equivalent professional experience or through online training academies.
  • Transcripts from each college/university attended (undergraduate and graduate; international transcripts in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three (3) recommendation letters
  • English proficiency scores for non-native, English-speaking applicants (not required for the fellowship but may be required for admission to the UMBC degree program with some exceptions)
  • GRE scores are not required for admission

Visit the FAES portal for the application, coursework, and additional information.

View the CARD MPS Virtual Information Session recording held on March 30th, 2022 for more information.