Scholarships and Fellowships

The core mission of FAES is to provide affordable continuing education courses that remain accessible to working professionals and researchers who are interested in furthering their education and career goals and meet the applicable prerequisites for the course.

FAES Academic Scholarships

The FAES Academic Programs Student Scholarship provides tuition-remission scholarships, offering up to 50% tuition discount on one credit-bearing course per academic term, to self-funded researchers and scientists at all levels at the NIH who cannot obtain training funds to take an FAES Academic Programs course, as well as non-NIH government employees, non-profit employees and members of the general public who work in a health-sciences-related field (research, practice or education). Eligible students in need of financial assistance shall make a short but compelling justification discussing how the respective FAES course would help them in their career or professional development.
FAES will only consider applications for one course per academic term. Parts of a two-part course are considered separate courses. Expenses for textbooks are not covered.

Application Period by Term

FALL 2021, Session A | July 6 - August 16, 2021

FALL 2021, Session B | September 20 - October 11, 2021

SPRING 2022, Session A | November 29, 2021 - January 10, 2022

SPRING 2022, Session B | November 29, 2021 - March 7, 2022

SUMMER 2022 | April 18 - May 23, 2022

How to Apply

To apply, students should complete the Scholarship Application Form and upload the required attachments.

Deadlines for Scholarship Application

FALL 2021, Session A | August 16, 2021

FALL 2021, Session B | October 11, 2021

SPRING 2022, Session A | January 10, 2022

SPRING 2022, Session B | March 7, 2022

SUMMER 2022 | May 23, 2022

Terms and Conditions

FAES will only consider applications for one course per semester. Expenses for textbooks are not covered. Preference will be given to those applicants who apply for scientific courses and have not been awarded an FAES Academic Programs Scholarship before.

Scholarship recipients are required to take the course for Credit and complete the course satisfactorily, which is determined as “C”, or above, or “Pass,” when the course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Only complete applications will be considered. All applicants, please be sure to first register for the class. You can select the invoice option at checkout to reserve your seat in the class without payment. If you do not register and the class fills up by the time the scholarships are determined, you will not be granted a seat in that class.

Successful applicants will be notified during the last week of registration. Please wait with payment until FAES has been able to determine whether you will be awarded a scholarship.

Review Criteria

  • Compelling justification for how the FAES graduate course fits in with the career stage and overall career plan of applicant
  • Evidence and commitment to continued professional development
  • Explanation of how this learning experience builds on applicant’s current professional knowledge and/or skills
  • Evidence and need for financial aid
  • Professional and academic achievements and standing to date

Applications for scholarships are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran status.

Dropping a Course and Refunds

For information on dropping courses, obtaining refunds, and withdrawal policies, please visit the Policies page.



CARD - FAES - UMBC Master's of Professional Studies (MPS) in Data Science Fellowship


Master's of Professional Studies (MPS) in
Data Science Fellowship Application

Welcome to the CARD/FAES/UMBC application portal for the MPS in Data Science Fellowship Program. This portal is maintained by FAES in cooperation with
the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CARD).

The Fellowship has been placed on a temporary hold. Please visit the website later for further updates.

CARD/FAES Application Deadline: TBD
(please refer to the timeline below for additional important dates)

The newly formed Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CARD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA) is offering a unique, high-quality master’s level fellowship program to enable healthcare researchers to grow their data science skills. The goal of this program is to cultivate the next generation of data science and bioinformatics professionals at NIH and beyond. Fellowship awardees will gain foundational knowledge in data analysis and data management through collaborative online instruction and direct consultation with experts in the field. Beyond the coursework, fellows will have the opportunity to utilize and refine new skills they have learned working with real data curated at the CARD.

Three application cohorts will be administered over the course of three years, each with a Fall semester start - in 2021 (Cohort I), 2022 (Cohort II), and 2023 (Cohort III). Application dates for Cohorts II and III will be posted in Spring of the corresponding year.

To learn more about the MPS in Data Science,
please join us for a Virtual Information Session:

RSVP here to be notified when the date is set.


  1. U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents: Selected candidates will receive a full-time Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Student (Academic) Fellowship to work at the CARD for a total of two consecutive years. During this time, selected candidates will get trained in data analysis while studying the MPS degree. The fellowship will cover all costs of the MPS degree, including a paid stipend while working at CARD. If a student does not receive a fellowship but is admitted to the MPS degree program, they have the option to pursue the degree and pay for it themselves.
  2. Candidates with no intention of working at CARD are not eligible for the fellowship. However, if interested in doing the MPS, apply at UMBC

The program is a 30-credit professional graduate degree that requires 30 credit hours with a mandated minimum GPA of at least 3.0. This two-year degree program will allow qualified students who take specified FAES Data Science and Bioinformatics courses to transfer up to 15 credits to UMBC’s MPS in Data Science. The master’s degree will be earned in two consecutive years. All courses will be taught by highly experienced data science professionals.


Combined CARD/FAES and UMBC Admission Requirements:

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

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Applicants must have the ability to train virtually and at the NIH campus located in Bethesda, MD.
  • 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
  • Applicants must have completed at least one college-level math, statistics, and programming course. This requirement can be substituted for equivalent professional experience or through online training academies.
  • Online Application
  • Transcripts from each college/university attended (undergraduate and graduate)
  • CV or Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two (2) recommendation letters (provide names and contact information of two individuals whom we can contact for letters of recommendation; applicants are responsible for ensuring letters are submitted before the application closing date)
  • English proficiency scores (not required for the fellowship but may be required for admission to the UMBC degree program)
  • GRE scores are not required for admission

Please visit UMBC's Master's of Professional Studies: Data Science Program for specific information on degree requirements.

For FAES Course Policies, please consult the FAES Academic Programs website.


Fellowship eligibility and requirements:


FAES application portal, courses, and fellowship status updates:


UMBC application, admission, and courses:

Karina Jenkins, Graduate Program Manager,

Dustin Hodgson, Director,

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