Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship

Type: Fellowship Program
Topics: Education
Board: Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships

Activity News and Announcements

Activity Description

The Call for Nominations for the 2015 Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship is now closed.  

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) brings together the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based advice to national, state, and local policymakers; academic leaders; health care administrators; and the public.  The IOM is uniquely qualified to offer an exceptional learning environment to selected early career scholars and future leaders in medicine and public health.  In commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the IOM, the Anniversary Fellows program was initiated.  Through an endowment from Gilbert S Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., and Martha Darling in 2012, the Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship was established.  The award is named for Dr. Omenn, a professor of medicine, genetics, and public health and founder of the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. He is a physician scientist whose career bridges biomedical research, clinical medicine, public health, public policy, and academic leadership, and this fellowship will reflect the integrative role that is emblematic of his professional achievements.  More information on Dr. Omenn can be found at:


The overall purpose of the Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship is to enable talented, early-career scholars combining biomedical science and population health to participate actively in the IOM study process, promoting the linkage of public health and medicine-- both scientifically and through practice and policy.  The Omenn Fellowship aims to foster a cadre of physician-scientists who will integrate biomedical research, population health, and health policy and will expand the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and policy development that advances health.  The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

Program Description

The Omenn Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period.  During this time, the fellow is expected to continue work at his/her main academic post, while being assigned to a board of the IOM.  The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Services
  • Health of Select Populations
  • Health Sciences Policy
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice

The fellowship requires a ten-to-twenty percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy in October, the Fall IOM Annual Meeting, and the meetings of an assigned board.  Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products.  Studies will be identified that would enable the fellow to contribute value to the integration of medicine and public health.

This experience will introduce the Omenn Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. In addition, each fellow will be assigned an IOM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research stipend of $25,000 is awarded to each Omenn Fellow. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. Stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the Omenn Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the IOM
  • An M.D. or D.O. with additional study in the medical sciences, public health, and/or public policy
  • One-to-five years out from completion of residency and fellowship training or receiving the terminal doctoral degree, in an appropriate faculty position or its equivalent
  • Able to commit 10 percent to 20 percent of time to the Fellowship for two years, including all the specified experiences
  • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an IOM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in bridging biomedical research, population health, and health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the IOM

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the IOM
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A one-page bio


 April 1, 2015 

   Call for Nominations 

 June 8, 2015

   Nomination packets due 

 July 1, 2015

   Awardees notified

 October 19, 2015

   Awardees introduced to the Membership
    at IOM Annual Meeting

 October 26-30, 2015

   Fellow Orientation Week at the IOM

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Omenn Anniversary Fellowship should be directed to: 

Marie E. Michnich, DrPH 

Senior Director
Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships 
Institute of Medicine 
500 Fifth Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20001 
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Fax: (202) 334-3862