The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc. (FAES) is a nonprofit organization committed to lifelong learning and professional development. Located at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, FAES was created in 1959 to foster collaboration and community among scientists - allowing the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and access to the latest knowledge, tools, and techniques to move science forward.

FAES Academic Programs

FAES offers credit-bearing academic courses in subject areas that support research and the career development of members of the NIH community and beyond.

  • Highly engaged faculty members
  • High quality learner-centered
  • Flexible online, asynchronous learning format
  • Open-enrollment policy
  • Affordable tuition

FAES provides workshops in various subject areas that bolster research and foster career development for members of the NIH community and beyond. Relevant skills and knowledge immediately applicable to research and/or administrative projects.

  • Interactive formats
  • Guided practice and skill-building in a breadth of subjects
  • Small workshop class size
  • Continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded for most workshops

FAES microcredentials demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning and supplement traditional academic credentials by recognizing achievement and skill in new topics that professionals may earn at any point in their careers. FAES issues digital badges to display on social media sites and CVs upon successful completion of courses and/or workshop requirements associated with each microcredential. FAES offers microcredentials in Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences, Leadership, Project Management, Public Policy and more!

Register for upcoming live online information sessions and educational webinars. Past educational webinars include topics in bioinformatics, biomedical sciences, and leadership. Recordings of past Academic Programs events are available to view.

Courses are offered according to our Academic Calendar, while Workshops are offered year-round. Courses are offered during two 7-week terms in fall, two 7-week terms in Spring, and one 7-week summer term. View our Academic Calendar for term start and end dates, and deadlines for registering for courses, changing grading status to audit, and dropping a course.

FAES Services at NIH

In addition to providing education, professional development, and health insurance services, FAES supports well-being at NIH with resources on and off campus that facilitate networking, teaching and learning, cultural, and community connections for the scientists, staff, patients, and visitors to the Bethesda campus. If you're visiting NIH, or already working here, we invite you to take advantage of these FAES resources.

Health Insurance Services for NIH Fellows

FAES is committed to meeting the insurance needs of Fellows and their families. Our friendly and knowledgeable support staff are here to assist you with understanding your plan benefits and responsibilities as well as the many health-related services available to you during your tenure here at NIH.

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