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Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship

About the ELBI Fellowship

The Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity (ELBI) Fellowship inspires and connects the next generation of leaders and innovators in the biosecurity community. This highly-competitive, part-time program is an opportunity for talented career professionals to deepen their expertise, expand their network, and build their leadership skills through a series of sponsored events coordinated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. This fellowship boasts more than 100 alumni who represent government, defense, private industry, science, law, public health, medicine, global health, journalism, the social sciences, and academia.

As an ELBI fellow, you will:

  • Learn more about the different aspects of biosecurity policy and practice;
  • Identify career development opportunities in the biosecurity field;
  • Network with senior biosecurity leaders from the public and private sector;
  • Connect with other talented professionals working on important biosecurity initiatives;
  • Refine and develop key professional skills to advance your career; and
  • Access resources and participate in events focused on the most current, relevant topics in biosecurity.

The program launched in 2012 and continues to receive guidance from an executive steering committee.

Program overview

The fellowship runs annually from March through September and requires only a minimal time commitment to accommodate fellows’ busy work or academic schedules. There is no need for fellows to relocate.

Activities include:

  • A biosecurity workshop and networking event in the Washington, DC area in March;
  • A biosecurity workshop and networking event in another US city in September;
  • An ELBI research and practice symposium in the Washington, DC area in July;
  • Additional networking events; and
  • Educational webinars.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security covers travel expenses (air and ground), meals, and lodging for the two workshops and the symposium.

Application requirements

Fellows must submit all required application materials by the date listed on the ELBI application page.

In addition to submitting completed application materials, prospective fellows must be:

  • A citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada (Australian citizens will be considered if they live in the United States); and
  • Currently enrolled in or have graduated from a masters or doctoral program in the past 3 years or have at least 1 year of professional experience in national security, public health, medicine, biotechnology, or a related field.

Of the 28 fellows accepted into each class, 24 are typically US citizens, 2 are UK citizens, and 2 are Canadian citizens.