NUNM Student Fellowship – Foundations Project, Naturopathic Philosophy

Naturopathic Philosophy & Theory Fellowship

A World in Balance $6,500.00 Naturopathic Philosophy & Theory Fellowship position will be awarded to an NUNM student Fellow May 2016, effective for Spring Quarter, 2016 – Fall Quarter, 2017. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 6, 2016. The income for this fellowship is taxable and students should check with their tax consultant regarding any scholarships or financial aid. 

This Fellowship position will support the Editorial team’s publication of Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine’s (FNM) International Unified Edit Holly, WA Retreat Proceedings. Especially suitable for students focused on a philosophy and theory track, the selected student will work week-to-week closely with the FNM Executive Editor and FNM editors to prepare and publish the Proceedings from this retreat. In May, 2015, the FNM Senior Editors met in a 3-day retreat at Holly, Washington to finalize the presentation of the textbook’s epistemological framework: a structured, unified, and coherent presentation of key concepts, principles, theories, and practices of naturopathic medicine and their clinical application. The Fellowship/Scholar will:

  1. Coordinate and engage in producing transcriptions of the audio and video of the retreat (FNM is working with one of its sponsors to release already awarded funds to secure additional transcriptionist support).
  2. Edit transcriptions, working closely with the FNM Executive and Senior Editor, to prepare them for publication as Proceedings. Develop or refine graphic presentations of models. Perform literature, archive, library, and FNM textbook searches for citations and referencing of transcriptions.
  3. Coordinate paper and e-publication of Proceedings.
  4. Work with Executive Editor’s guidance to obtain information for specific editorial queries; and to research, assemble and in some cases summarize literature and cite references from source historical, traditional and current scholarship (texts and articles) on naturopathic theory, traditional practice and concepts. Specific works and concepts will be identified for this work. This work will follow production of the Proceedings.
  5. Receive mentorship for their Fellowship/Scholar position and their future practice in monthly 60-90 minute meetings with profession elder Jim Lemkin, ND, CNS.

(An average of 6 hours/week or 26 hours/month for 18 months; flexible schedule for student exams and projects).


Mentorship Component

A mentorship component with Dr. Lemkin, an elder of the profession, is included. Dr. Lemkin brings 30 plus years of experience as a naturopathic physician. His rich understanding of naturopathic philosophy, practice, and principles emphasizes systems, integral, and holistic theory. Because naturopathic medicine holds the keys to wellness in complex human adaptive systems, applying these keys (naturopathic concepts and the practices that follow from them) to wellness is essential in all life systems – business, environmental, socioeconomic, institutional, cultural, and political.

Fellowship Position Benefits for the Student’s Professional Career

  1. Knowledge, wisdom, and experience in naturopathic clinical practice, philosophy, scientific theory, and policy guided by the student’s interests/enquiries and Dr. Lemkin’s 30 years of experience in practice.
  2. Naturopathic philosophical, scientific, and theoretical wisdom imparted by working closely with  8 FNM Executive, Senior, and Production Editors from around the world collectively possessing over 300 years of experience in naturopathic philosophy, traditional principles, research, and practice.
  3. Experience in preparing and supporting the publication of a scholarly work that provides training in authored works and in professional scholarship.
  4. Exposure to naturopathic medicine’s global policy initiatives to create a healthy world as training in potential future policy work through the profession’s organizations.
  5. Opportunities throughout the 18 month Fellowship/Scholar position to inquire on clinical cases.

Application Process

NUNM students interested in applying should submit the following to Pamela Snider ND, FNM Executive & Senior Editor (

  • One page essay describing why you are interested in this position, what you have done in naturopathic medical school or in other life experiences that has kindled your interest, what you bring to this position, how you see yourself utilizing this experience in your future professional career and in the evolution of how you live.
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references who can speak of your past efforts in work and education as well as your passions for advancing health and naturopathic medicine.
  • 1 or 2 work samples (e.g. academic papers written, case reports written, position related personal writings, art, or graphics).