GENERAL INFORMATION FOR STETTEN FELLOWS
A Stetten Fellowship lasts for one year, with the possibility of renewal. But the time will go faster than you think. There are some loose ends that must be cleaned up when the period ends. Even if your Fellowship is renewed, the Annual Report contribution and the Stetten Fellow lecture are annual obligations.
1. ANNUAL REPORT
Even before the year is up, you must compile a complete report of your activities for inclusion in the Office of NIH History Annual Report. Your report is due by November 1 of the year your Fellowship concludes. Refer to a copy of the previous year's Annual Report for the format to follow.
2. STETTEN LECTURE
Each Fellow presents an NIH-wide lecture on his or her research project for the year. Some Fellows choose to present a historical talk of about 30 minutes and ask a scientist with whom they have worked to present a “state-of-the-art” talk on the same material, for about 20 additional minutes. Other Fellows present the entire lecture, about 45-50 minutes, themselves.
Appropriate visual aids and handouts will help the NIH-wide audience understand your presentation. For an interesting discussion, see this paper (PDF - 80KB) from the Society for the History of Technology.
The NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT) offers free training in effective use of PowerPoint in its Personal Computers section.
3. THINGS TO TURN IN TO YOUR aDMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
- NIH ID.
- Forwarding address and contact information.
4. COBRA INSURANCE
If you are insured through FAES, you may have the right to continue your health insurance for 18 months after termination of your Fellowship under the U.S. COBRA program. FAES and your AO will assist you with the necessary paperwork.
5. WHAT NEXT
Fellow Tip: “You need to be thinking about what comes next from the very start of your Fellowship.”
Fellow Tip: “Your Institute may agree to let you stay on for another few months, or another office on campus may be interested in having you work there. Make the most of being on campus to look for opportunities, while also applying for jobs elsewhere.”
Fellow Tip: “If you want to stay on at NIH, talk to the people you have been working with. If you have been doing good work, there is likely a way to keep you employed. If you are interested in going elsewhere, draw on your contacts, and don't hesitate to use the fact that you were an NIH Fellow -- it can open a lot of doors.”