Columbia DBMI Summer Research Fellowship   

The Columbia Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) Summer Research Fellowship provides rising seniors in high-school and college undergraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds (biology, psychology, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, etc.) with fundamental knowledge, hands-on skills, and research experience in biomedical informatics and health data science. 

The goal of the fellowship is to promote biomedical informatics and health data science as a career choice for young scientists in training. The fellowship takes place in an inclusive research and learning environment. Students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

The Columbia DBMI Summer Research Fellowship is part of the biomedical informatics training program and is funded by the National Library of Medicine.


The Columbia DBMI Summer Research Fellowship is six weeks long (July 1st, 2019 to August 12th, 2019) and takes place in the Collaboration Space at DBMI.

At the end of the fellowship, fellows will have gained computing and research skills, familiarity with the fields of informatics and health data science, experience with real-world, massive health datasets from electronic health records and the data acumen that comes with handling such datasets, along with understanding of the complex ethical and fairness questions inherent to biomedical informatics and health data science research. 

Activities during the Columbia DBMI Summer Research Fellowship will include:   

  • Training and certification in conducting research with and protecting human subjects;   
  • Bootcamp for learning computing research fundamentals for fellows coming into the fellowship lacking computing skills; 
  • Bootcamp for introductory data science and machine learning for healthcare for students coming into the fellowship with programing skills; 
  • Bootcamp for hands-on observational health data science research. Using the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) framework, fellows will be given access to a de-identified clinical data warehouse of 6 million patient records and learn the basics of observational health data science (creating clinically meaningful cohorts, characterize populations, replicating observational studies including predictive analytics studies, and designing your own study); 
  • Research experience in specific labs with DBMI faculty and their research teams; 
  • Weekly lunch seminar with opportunity to discuss current research in the field of biomedical informatics and health data science; 

Biomedical Informatics at Columbia 

The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) is part of the Graduate School for Arts and Science at Columbia University and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Our faculty are affiliated with the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and the Columbia Data Science Institute 

Our trainees and faculty come from a wide range of disciplines and are all committed to improving health and healthcare through the use and design of informatics methods and tools. Examples of specific labs’ research is available here, and include machine learning, causal inference, natural language processing, data assimilation, mobile health, disease phenotyping, technology for shared decision making, large-scale observational data science, and study of health and healthcare disparities.  


Undergraduate students from across the U.S. and rising seniors in high-school residing in New York City are invited to apply for the Columbia DBMI Summer Research Fellowship.  

To promote diversity in higher education and biomedical informatics, students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.  

Select fellows will receive a stipend which can be applied for when applying to the fellowship. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for the stipend. 



Applications are open. Please apply here.

Applications due: February 4, 2019. 

Notification of acceptance:  March 15, 2019. 

Contact: Herbert Chase (