Empowering Future Leaders in the Microbial Sciences Through Mentorship 

FLMF 2023 Group Photo
Source: American Society for Microbiology
The ASM Future Leaders Mentorship Fellowship (FLMF) is a 2-year program that matches master’s and doctoral students from historically excluded communities in the microbial sciences with experts (mentors) across varied career sectors. This program will facilitate mutual leadership growth and learning, help participants build their mentoring portfolios, provide networking opportunities with ASM members and non-students alike and increase social capital between fellows and mentors.


ASM Future Leaders Mentorship Fellowship Break Down
Source: American Society for Microbiology
In the dynamic field of microbial sciences, advancing your career as an early career professional can feel like a steep uphill battle, especially when you're going it alone. Similarly, experienced scientists often find themselves eager to guide the next generation, but without the right platform to do so effectively. ASM FLMF bridges that gap, offering a community for both fellows and mentors to collaborate, learn and grow together.

  • Foster a year-round vibrant community of microbial scientists through active mentoring and networking.
  • Equip fellows with necessary tools for leadership, career and scientific development.
  • Provide doctoral scientists, faculty and professionals with resources to become better mentors and coach the next generation of scientists to become innovative lifelong learners.

Our Global Community

Since launching in June 2022, the FLMF program has enrolled a diverse community of 504 fellows and 481 mentors from over 53 countries, spanning academia, clinical/medical fields, consulting, government, industry and nonprofit sectors.

Map showing spread of FMLF, enrolling fellows and mentors in over 35 countries.
Source: American Society for Microbiology

Program Details

ASM FLMF offers 2 distinct and interconnected journeys, each designed to meet the unique needs of both mentors and fellows.


Learn from the best in the field, build a robust professional network and hone your skills to become a leader in the microbial sciences.

Give back to your field, shape the leaders of tomorrow and enrich your personal and professional growth.

View ASM Microbe 2023 FLMF Symposium Programming

Find FLMF Fellows and Mentors

There are over 900 FLMF fellows and mentors around the globe, representing all subspecialties of the microbial sciences and involved in basic and applied research, entrepreneurship, government, industry, nonprofit, public health and teaching.

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Fellow and mentor applications for the 2025 ASM Future Leaders Mentorship Fellowship Cohort will open Nov. 1, 2024. 

Important Dates:

  • Application Opens: Nov. 1, 2024.
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 17, 2025, 11:59 a.m. ET.
  • Disposition Letters: March 5, 2025.

Learn More

Questions?  Email ASM Fellowships