2024 Application Period is Closed

NextGen Fellowship

The NextGen Fellowship is a highly-exclusive opportunity for young adults looking to jumpstart their careers in the diabetes sector. Meet the 2024 fellows.

NextGen Fellow Experience:
  • Summit Series sessions with guaranteed access to leading researchers, care professionals, and experts reporting on the leading-edge of the diabetes sector.
  • Mentorship from leading professionals working in your field of interest. 
  • Attend a national diabetes conference to learn and discover innovations in real time, and network with leaders in the industry.
  • A network of your peers, the future best and brightest in the field.

NextGen Graduates are currently:

  • In medical, physical therapy and nursing school.
  • Working at companies like Sanofi, Dexcom, CDC, Google, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Duolingo.
  • Conducting groundbreaking diabetes research at top institutions like the NIH, University of Michigan, Oregon Health & Science University and Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School.
  • Working in advocacy roles at The Diabetes Link, DPAC, Diversity in Diabetes, JDRF and other amazing organizations. 
Fellowship Details 

The 2024 NextGen Fellowship consists of four core components; 

  • Virtual Summit Series sessions with your peers and leading experts.
  • Sponsored attendance at a national diabetes conference.*
  • Professional networking and mentorship
  • Paid Internship (Sept-Dec, upon successful completion of the fellowship, by invitation)

*You must indicate your preferred conference when applying, and confirm that should you be selected you are available to attend in person. 

Conference Option 1: 84th ADA Scientific Sessions

Apply to attend this conference if you are passionate about cutting-edge diabetes research and medical technology. Fellows are not required 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 degree with an emphasis on practical and applied research.

You must be available to attend the ADA Scientific Sessions conference from June 21-24, 2024 in Orlando, Florida

Conference Option 2: ADCES 24

Apply to attend this conference if you are passionate about patient care, education or advocacy. This conference will feature speakers and researchers who are on the front lines of caring for diabetes patients like nurse scientists, CDCES’, endocrinologists and social workers as well as leaders in patient advocacy and public health. Possible areas of study include nursing, medicine, community health, social work, psychology, nutrition/dietetics, or public health. An excellent option for those wanting to fast track a CDCES credential!

You must be available to attend the ADCES Conference from August 9-12, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Each cohort will feature:
Summit Series 

Weekly interactive virtual sessions with industry experts. Hear from the movers and shakers in the diabetes field directly, ask them questions, and build your foundation of knowledge. Topics include ‘Diabetes Technology–what’s new and what’s next’, and ‘Cultural Competency: Caring for patients from diverse backgrounds’. Fellows should expect to have pre-reading for each weekly session in order to prepare them to make the best use of our experts’ time. Come ready to share your voice and perspective, and to learn from your peers! Fellows will only be required to attend the sessions for their own chosen cohort, but are permitted to attend any sessions of other cohorts that they find of interest. 

Advocacy Bootcamp & Breakfasts

All fellows will participate in especially designed sessions surrounding diabetes advocacy. Learn how to translate what you have learned into action by calling your legislator, advocating with your insurance company, or speaking up to your peers. These sessions will equip all fellows to go make the change the diabetes sector needs. 

Professional Mentorship

All fellows will be matched with mentors in the field that are doing the work. These personal connections will help you workshop your skills, understand the summit material more deeply, and network with people who can help you find your next internship or job. These connections last beyond the fellowship and can shape the start of your career! Past mentors have been endocrinologists, researchers and industry executives. 

We work hard to match fellows to mentors that are aligned with their individual interests and career goals. 

National Conference Attendance 

Travel to a national diabetes conference in Orlando or New Orleans! The Diabetes Link works to underwrite this opportunity for our fellows by sponsoring airfare, lodging, and meals to ensure that people are able to take advantage of this in-person opportunity equitably. Network with leading industry executives, learn about the latest in diabetes research, and be a voice for The Diabetes Link. 

Ambassador Opportunities 

Fellows will be presented with a wide range of opportunities to speak and share their perspective on behalf of The Diabetes Link at conferences, summits, social media and press, virtual events, and in meetings with industry and nonprofit partners. Become a voice for young adults and bring your unique perspective directly to decision-makers. 

Thank you to our 2024 NextGen Sponsors