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2017 Postdoctoral Fellowships for US and International Students at Harvard University

About 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowships for US and International Students at Harvard University

This postdoctoral fellowship program is named in honor of the late David E. Bell, Clarence Gamble Professor of Population Sciences and International Health, Emeritus, at the Harvard School of Public Health (now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and former director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Professor Bell played a critical role in international population and development throughout his distinguished career. Since its creation in 1990, the program has awarded over 80 postdoctoral fellowships to international professionals in population and development.

2017 Postdoctoral Fellowships for US and International Students at Harvard University

Bell Fellows examine a broad range of critical issues in the field of population and development studies from multidisciplinary perspectives. Most will have interests that match the HCPDS’s focal areas: social and environmental determinants of population health; migration and immigration; causes and consequences of health transitions (aging societies); and health consequences of work place policies and work design. The wide range of perspectives will enhance the fellows’ experiences and broaden the community life at the Center.

Application Deadline

December 9, 2016

Value of Scholarship

Fellows have access to the full range of resources offered by Harvard University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Each fellow is provided with shared office space at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies in Harvard Square, Cambridge, plus library privileges, health benefits, a research and travel budget, and a stipend of $60,000 U.S. dollars per year (12 month appointment).

Eligibility Criteria

Selected candidates possess a strong record of academic training, proven research experience, a commitment to population and development work, the demonstrated ability to work independently, and leadership potential.

How to Apply

Application materials will be accepted starting September 1, 2015. Completed applications must be received by 3:00 P.M. EST on Friday, December 9, 2016. Please note that ALL application materials must be submitted electronically as individual PDF files (i.e. CV as one PDF document, research proposal as a second PDF document, etc.) Your submission should include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. PDFs of all transcripts from college and any graduate schools attended. You must have completed all doctoral requirements prior to starting the program on Sept 1, 2017 (see #7 below).
  3. Research Proposal. No more than 2,000 words addressing the following questions:
    Describe your dissertation or other current research.
    What questions are you interested in addressing as a Bell Fellow? How will this build on your work to date, fill gaps in your current knowledge, and change your career trajectory?
    Describe your current methodological and analytical skills, and what advanced training you would hope to achieve in this area.
    Describe which Pop Center faculty you would be interested in collaborating with and whether you would be interested in a one or two year fellowship and why. Note that you do NOT have to contact them prior to applying for the fellowship.
  4. A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing and analytical skills, as well as the ability to generate interesting and original ideas. This can be a published article or a draft publication. The page limit to the writing sample is 20 pages. If you submit more, only the first 20 pages will be accepted.
  5. Your current contact information including mailing address and phone number(s).
  6. Three letters of recommendation, emailed directly from the recommender and, if possible, on letterhead. Letter writers should provide the following information:
    How long he/she has known the applicant
    Relationship to the applicant (e.g. advisor)
    Quantitative ranking of this candidate compared to others (e.g. top 10%)
    In addition, the letter should comment on the applicant’s:
    Writing skills
    Analytical skills
    Ability to form new and creative ideas and research questions
    Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  7. All incoming scholars must provide proof that they have completed all doctoral requirements by the time of entry into the program (September 1, 2017). The following forms will be accepted 1) Copy of Diploma (Preferred); 2) Letter from Registrar’s Office noting that all doctoral requirements have been completed; or 3) Letter from chair of thesis committee noting that all doctoral requirements have been completed. Those with M.D.s and J.D.s are also eligible to apply.

All application materials should be emailed to popcenter@hsph.harvard.edu


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