Fellowship Applicant Toolkit

Applicant ToolkitWelcome to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®). The SMS encompasses multiple Fellowship Matches representing more than 60 specialties, each maintaining its own schedule of dates. This toolkit provides the information needed to successfully navigate the Match season and achieve the best Match experience possible.

Primary components of the Match include registration, creating and certifying a rank order list, and accessing Match results and reports. Participants complete tasks using our secure and confidential Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system.

Essential Tools

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  1. Eligibility

Each Fellowship Match has its own sponsor, typically the program directors’ group for that specialty. Eligibility for Match participation is determined by the sponsor in collaboration with NRMP. More information is included on each Fellowship Match page.

Applications & Interviews

  1. Fellowship Application

The NRMP is not an application service or a job placement service. Applicants must apply directly to fellowship programs in addition to registering for the Match. Check with the programs to find out how they want to receive applications. Some fellowships use their own application. Others use AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). Applicants must register with both NRMP and ERAS to participate in the services of each organization. Applicants are encouraged to rely on NRMP data reports to learn about the success of prior applicants when choosing where to send applications.

  1. Interviews

Interview dates are set by programs. Use the NRMP Program Rating and Interview Scheduling Manager (PRISM®) mobile app to track and rate programs where you interview. Remember that NRMP policy requires applicants and programs to provide complete, timely, and accurate information during the application, interview, and matching processes.


  1. Match Registration

Each Fellowship Match has its own schedule of dates that is selected by the Match sponsor in collaboration with NRMP. To participate, applicants must complete the online registration process, which includes electronically signing the Match Participation Agreement and paying Match fees. Registration can be completed on a desktop computer or a mobile device. Applicants who wish to participate in the Match as a couple must be registered for the same Match.


  1. Rank Order Lists

Although applicants can register for a Match up until the Rank Order List Certification Deadline, programs cannot rank applicants until they have completed the registration process. By 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the day of the Rank Order List Certification Deadline, applicants MUST have a certified rank order list in the R3 system for it to be used when the matching algorithm is processed. NRMP will not create or in any way modify a rank order list. The Rank Order List Certification Deadline also is the applicant withdrawal and registration deadline. Applicants must have completed registration in order to access the List of Unfilled Programs if they do not obtain a position when the matching algorithm is processed.


  1. Match Day

On Match Day for each Fellowship Match, applicants can log in to the R3 system at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn where they matched or, if necessary, to view the List of Unfilled Programs. A List of Unmatched Applicants also is available for programs that do not fill all positions. Join the celebration by sharing on social media a photo or video using #FellowMatch.

  1. Waiver Requests

If for any reason an applicant or program cannot or will not honor the binding match commitment, a waiver must be obtained from the NRMP. Applicants and program directors cannot release each other from the binding commitment, and applicants are prohibited from discussing, interviewing for, or accepting a position until the NRMP has granted a waiver. Failure to abide by that requirement will result in an investigation to determine whether the applicant and program have violated the Match Participation Agreement.