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      2020 Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) Fellowship Application Process

Background: The Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI), is a part-time competitive fellowship program, led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security with support from the Open Philanthropy Project. ELBI is designed to create and sustain an energetic, multidisciplinary, and engaged community of motivated young professionals who can contribute to policy and practice in the field of biosecurity

The ELBI program creates a rich array of experiences through which fellows can deepen their expertise in biosecurity, build leadership skills, forge a network of lasting professional relationships, and have opportunities to provide ideas and policy recommendations to the international biosecurity community.
Each fellowship class lasts 1 year and includes three interactive workshops, as well as a number of networking opportunities. The program will cover expenses related to travel, food, and lodging for the following fellowship events:
  • The Spring workshop will be held from March 9-11, 2020 in Washington, DC. This workshop is focused primarily on US biosecurity policies and practice. The workshop will include presentations from and discussion with experts in and outside of government, on a range of biosecurity topics.
  • Midway through the fellowship year (summer 2020, exact dates TBD), fellows and alumni will attend an ELBI Research and Practice Symposium in Washington, DC. During this event, fellows and alumni will have the opportunity to present their own work; hear from other fellows and alumni; discuss pressing biosecurity problems; and network with senior leaders in the field.
  • The Fall workshop will take place in September in a city outside of the Washington, DC area (exact dates and location TBD). The fall workshop focuses on the science of biosecurity and international policies. Fellows will engage with leaders in the field on these topics, and will participate in a tabletop exercise.
Upon completion of the fellowship year, members will become part of our vibrant alumni community. As alumni, you will: be invited to key biosecurity meetings, meet regularly for networking events, engage online through established communication networks, and be sponsored to attend the annual Research and Practice Symposium. 
Expectations: Selected fellows will be expected to attend the full ELBI program, including the Spring and Fall workshops, and the summer Research and Practice Symposium. We understand that scheduling challenges may arise, and some fellows will not be able to attend all three events. However, upon application we expect that you are notionally available for all events, and particularly the March 9-11, 2020 workshop in Washington, DC. This is a part-time fellowship program. Fellows will be reimbursed for approved travel expenses incurred during workshop events.
Eligibility: We encourage applications from early to mid-career professionals working in government, defense, private industry, science, law, public health, medicine, veterinary health, agricultural security, global health, journalism, the social sciences, academia, and related fields; as well as graduate students interested in biosecurity. To apply, you must:
  • Be a US, UK, or Canadian citizen. We will also consider applications from green card holders or active work or student visa holders who are resident in the US during the fellowship year.
  • Applicants should also be currently enrolled in or have graduated from a masters or doctoral program, OR have at least 3 years of professional experience in national security, public health, medicine, biotechnology, or a related field.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application through this site by COB Friday, December 20, 2019.
Completed applications will be reviewed by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security staff. For any questions regarding eligibility or the application process, email Amanda Kobokovich at
Applications: Applications will only be accepted in an electronic format and must include the following components:
  1. A completed online application form;
  2. A statement of interest, not to exceed 500 words, in which you describe your interest and goals in pursuing a career in biosecurity.
  3. A short essay, not to exceed 1000 words, that describes a current technical or policy issue in biosecurity that interests you, with an explanation of why it's important.
  4. A current resume or CV.
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation on your behalf from academic advisors and/or professional supervisors (to be submitted by those recommenders through the online application system).
Please upload all documents as PDF files and title them in this format:"Last name_First name Document.pdf" (Example "Doe_John CV.pdf") 

Please submit your application by Friday, December 20th before 5:00pm Eastern Time.
Fellowship Selection: Fellows will be competitively selected and will be announced by mid-February 2020.
Please address any questions about the fellowship content to ELBI Program Manager, Matt Watson (, and any questions about eligibility or the application process to Amanda Kobokovich at (