The MED Fellowship Program educates and empowers the next generation of outdoor industry professionals. Through structured mentorship and intensive program immersion, MED Fellows develop their skills as collaborators, educators, and problem solvers throughout their fellowship experience.

Fellows interface with students and clients from diverse backgrounds-- you might be teaching wilderness medicine to Nicaraguan high school students or Nepalese mountain porters, multi-pitch efficiency skills to Chilean rock climbers, or risk management to Kenyan safari operators. Regardless of the program, all Fellows demonstrate a high degree of cultural sensitivity and social tact, and maintain a sense of humor in the face of unexpected obstacles.

Each of the MED Alliance divisions offers its own Fellowship programming-- Outdoor School Fellows will work in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and beyond, interfacing directly with students and developing mountain sense and client care skills under the mentorship of our highly qualified instructor team. Remote Medicine Fellows often travel internationally, accompanying expert wilderness medicine instructors to lead programs in Nepal, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and beyond. Many Fellows choose to extend their time abroad to participate in climbing, trekking or alpinism programs through our Topo Expeditions adventure travel branch.

The MED Alliance believes strongly in rewarding excellence, and many MED Fellows go on to join the MED instructor or administrative teams in long-term capacities.

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Fellowship FAQ

What’s the difference between a Fellow and a Junior Fellow?

MED Fellows are college graduates with a strong background as educators-- but they may have less experience teaching wilderness medicine or outdoor skills, and are eager to increase their mastery of their chosen subject matter. All Fellows receive a full scholarship, and international fellows generally have their living expenses and airfare covered by the MED Alliance. Successful Fellows are eligible for promotion to the instructor team following the conclusion of their programs.

Junior Fellows may still be working on their bachelor’s degree, and tend to have less experience as educators and outdoor professionals. Junior Fellows receive more intensive mentorship and feedback, and MED often provides pre-fellowship training to help ensure they’re well prepared for programs. Junior Fellows pay a stipend to cover the expenses of their programming and mentorship. Following the conclusion of their programs, successful Junior Fellows are eligible for full Fellowships and their associated scholarships.


How does the application process work?

Each Fellowship has a different application process, but all of them will require a resume, and responses to a series of short questions that help us understand who you are as a candidate.

Applications for all Fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis.

You can expect to hear back from the MED Alliance within a few days of the application deadline. All applicants will receive some sort of notification; qualified applicants will be asked to participate in a short interview.

If I have more questions, who do I contact?

Dory Trimble, MED Alliance Development Manager, coordinates our Fellowship program. Contact her at