We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2021, 11:59 PM.

All application materials, including letters of reference must be received by the deadline.  If accepted, the start date for all fellowship recipients is September 1, 2021. 



1. Complete the online FIRST Application Form:

  • Prior to submitting your online application, you must identify a research mentor that you have discussed possible research opportunities with via phone or in person and the research mentor has agreed to fund the initial year of your fellowship.  The FIRST program will fund years 2-4.  Failure to identify a potential research mentor prior to your application submission may result in your application not being reviewed.
  • Please click here to view the list of current research mentors for this program. If you identify a research mentor not on this list, he/she will have to submit a mentor application and be approved by the program director before you can be accepted into the program.

2.  Once you submit your online application, please send all required documentation in one PDF file to Angela Shennette, Sr. Program Coordinator, with Email Subject Line:  FIRST Application 

    A.  Copy of your curriculum vita.

    B.   A Letter from you addressed to the program director, Dr. Lou Ann Brown, that includes:

           - Why you are interested in FIRST

           - Your research experience

           - Your interest in teaching

           - Your career plans after fellowship training

    C.   Photograph of yourself.

    D.   *Two letters of reference (under most circumstances one letter should be from your thesis advisor).

    E.    *A Letter from your proposed research mentor endorsing your application to the FIRST program and   

            indicating their commitment to fund year one of the fellowship.

    F.     An NIH style Bio sketch from your proposed research mentor illustrating commitment to mentoring and training.


* Letters of reference/support can be sent in confidence directly to Angela Shennette.



Based on the initial review of your application, candidates are selected for an in-person interview with various members of the FIRST Program's Executive Committee. These members include:

  • Dr. Lou Ann Brown, co-Director of Professional Development, FIRST Program, Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Arri Eisen, Co-Director of Teaching, FIRST Program, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Anita Corbett, Co-Director of Research, FIRST Program, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology
  • Executive Committee Members (3-4) from either Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College,  Spelman College and/or Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Select Group of current FIRST Fellows

Additionally, if you have not met with your proposed research mentor, interviews times will be set for applicants to meet with the mentor and lab members, and other appropriate faculty.

Interviews are 1-2 days and are generally scheduled between February and March each year. Successful candidates will be notified in mid-February if they have been selected for an interview. 


Emory University does not discriminate in admissions or access to its programs and activities on the basis of race/color, ethnicity, national origin, religion/creed, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.