All fellows participate in a bi-weekly Research Forum where theoretical and practical aspects of research are discussed in an interactive format. The second and third years of the program are devoted to a mentored basic, translational, or clinical research project selected by the Fellow and approved by the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Committee. The goal is to develop the research skills needed for a successful career in academic medicine. During the first year, the Fellow can explore research opportunities in the Departments and Schools of Northwestern University. The objective is to match Fellows to appropriate mentors and projects. The mentor provides research training and advice. Although the Division of Infectious Diseases provides salary support for the three-year Fellowship Training Program, the trainee is expected to submit a research grant to the National Institutes of Health or other funding agency in order to acquire the necessary grant-writing skills.