2023 NextGen Fellowship Application

Please read through ALL of the information below to help inform your application. Applications will be accepted from January 17-February 28, 2023. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by March 15, 2023. 


In 2023, we will accept 20 fellows, comprising 2 cohorts. Please read more about the cohorts below, and apply for your first choice. 


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have completed at least one year of post-high school education. 

    • Note: Preference will be given to those who have completed at least 2 years of post high-school education, but exceptional applicants with 1 year will be considered. 

  • Must have a personal connection to diabetes. 

  • Must be able to commit a minimum of 2 hours per week to the fellowship, including all key dates for the corresponding cohort. 

  • Must be willing and able to travel to either the ADA Scientific Sessions or ADCES conference associated with the cohort selected.

  • Must not be planning to study abroad or travel overseas for more than one week of the program dates between May and August, 2023.

  • Must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Diabetes Link has adopted a policy of mandatory vaccination to safeguard the health of our employees and the people with diabetes that we work closely with from the hazard of COVID-19. This policy complies with OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing (29 CFR 1910.501).


Cohort Information:


Please read the descriptions of the cohorts carefully, and determine which fits your professional and academic goals most closely. Your application will be specific to your first choice cohort. However, competitive applicants may be considered for their second choice cohort based on availability.  


Cohort A: Diabetes Research and Technology: 

Apply to this cohort if you are interested in the cutting-edge of diabetes research and technology. This cohort will feature speakers and mentors working in the forefront of medical and technology research. Fellows do not need to have extensive or technical knowledge of biology, but should be interested in research and technology. Possible academic majors include biology, chemistry, biotech, engineering, psychology, research methods, or any major with an emphasis on practical and applied research. Fellows in this cohort must be available to attend the ADA Scientific Sessions conference from June 21-27, 2023 in San Diego, California


Key Dates for Cohort A: Fellows in cohort A will commit to availability on all of the following dates: 

  • NextGen Fellows Orientation, April 19, 2023 at 7:30pm EST

  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm EST from May 10, 2023 to June 14, 2023. 

  • June 21, 2023 – fellows orientation dinner in San Diego, California (travel arrangements made by The Diabetes Link). 

  • June 21-27, 2023 in-person conference attendance. 

  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm EST from August 9 to 23, 2023. 




Cohort B: Clinical Care, Education, and Patient Advocacy:

Apply to this cohort if you are passionate about patient care, education or advocacy. This cohort will feature speakers and mentors who are on the front lines of caring for diabetes patients like CDCES’, endocrinologists and social workers as well as leaders in patient advocacy and public health. You will meet with leaders who are working to advance and expand the ways in which diabetes is treated in patients, our communities, and legislation. Fellows hoping to pursue a degree in medicine, nursing, community health, social work, psychology, nutrition/dietetics, or public health will thrive in this cohort. Fellows in this cohort must be available to attend the ADCES Conference from August 3-7, 2023 in Houston, Texas.


Key Dates for Cohort B: Fellows in Cohort B will commit to availability on all of the following dates: 

  • NextGen Fellows Orientation, April 19, 2023 at 7:30pm EST

  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm EST from June 21, 2023 to August 3, 2023

  • August 3, 2023–fellows orientation dinner in Houston, Texas (travel arrangements made by The Diabetes Link) 

  • August 4-7, 2023 in-person ADCES conference in Houston, Texas. 

  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm EST from August 9 to 23, 2023.



APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59 PM on February 28. 

Applicants will be notified of decisions no later than March 15.

To learn more about what to expect from your conference experience, please visit our website.

Thank you to the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education, DLC, and Insulet, for their sponsorship of the NextGen Fellowship. 

Please email will@thediabeteslink.org if you have any questions.
Personal Information




Please provide the gender with which you identify.

(Examples: She/Hers; He/His, They/Their)


Please provide an email address that will be checked regularly throughout the year - preferably a personal email address.


Please provide a mobile number where you are able to receive text messages and updates from The Diabetes Link.

Please provide the address where you are located most often and will be able to receive mail at throughout the year. This can be changed later if you change locations.





Diabetes Information



Education History







Involvement with The Diabetes Link and Diabetes Sector








Cohort Selection
Fellows will complete the application for their preferred cohort. Please read the cohort information below, and choose the one that aligns most closely with your professional goals and interests.

Cohort Information:


Please read the descriptions of the cohorts carefully, and determine which fits your professional and academic goals most closely. Your application will be specific to your first choice cohort. However, competitive applicants may be considered for their second choice cohort based on availability.  


Cohort A: Diabetes Research and Technology: 

Apply to this cohort if you are interested in the cutting-edge of diabetes research and technology. This cohort will feature speakers and mentors working in the forefront of medical and technology research. Fellows do not need to have extensive or technical knowledge of biology, but should be interested in research and technology. Possible academic majors include biology, chemistry, biotech, engineering, psychology, research methods, or any major with an emphasis on practical and applied research. Fellows in this cohort must be available to attend the ADA Scientific Sessions conference from June 21-27, 2023 in San Diego, California


Key Dates for Cohort A: Fellows in cohort A will commit to availability on all of the following dates: 

  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm EST from May 10, 2023 to June 14, 2023. 

  • June 21, 2023 – fellows orientation dinner in San Diego, California (travel arrangements made by The Diabetes Link). 

  • June 21-27, 2023 in-person conference attendance. 

  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm EST from August 9 to 23, 2023. 



Cohort B: Clinical Care, Education, and Patient Advocacy:

Apply to this cohort if you are passionate about patient care, education or advocacy. This cohort will feature speakers and mentors who are on the front lines of caring for diabetes patients like CDCES’, endocrinologists and social workers as well as leaders in patient advocacy and public health. You will meet with leaders who are working to advance and expand the ways in which diabetes is treated in patients, our communities, and legislation. Fellows hoping to pursue a degree in medicine, nursing, community health, social work, psychology, nutrition/dietetics, or public health will thrive in this cohort. Fellows in this cohort must be available to attend the ADCES Conference from August 3-7, 2023 in Houston, Texas.


Key Dates for Cohort B: Fellows in Cohort B will commit to availability on all of the following dates: 

  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm EST from June 21, 2023 to August 3, 2023

    • No session week of July 4 

  • August 3, 2023–fellows orientation dinner in Houston, Texas (travel arrangements made by The Diabetes Link) 

  • August 4-7, 2023 in-person ADCES conference in Houston, Texas. 

  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm EST from August 9 to 23, 2023.


 

Cohort A Questions 
Please answer these questions thoughtfully and completely. Answers should be between 5 to 12 sentences per question. 






Cohort B Questions 
Please answer these questions thoughtfully and completely. Answers should be between 5 to 12 sentences per question.