Harvard Medical School The Deans Postdoctoral Fellowship
Harvard Medical School The Deans Postdoctoral Fellowship
Harvard Medical School The Deans Postdoctoral Fellowship
Harvard Medical School The Deans Postdoctoral Fellowship
Harvard Medical School The Deans Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

THE FELLOWSHIP

The Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (DPF) is a two-year research fellowship that was established in 2012 to nurture, advance, and retain a diverse scientific workforce who will continue to contribute to diversity through their ongoing academic and research scholarship. The fellowship program prepares scientists from groups historically underrepresented in the basic and social sciences for careers in academia and other sectors. Fellows benefit from a highly innovative and creative research environment that emphasizes scientific rigor, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence in science.

Learn about our fellows and their research.


BENEFITS

The two-year fellowship provides funding in the amount of $50,000/year, and DPF fellows are eligible for Harvard’s generous benefits package. They receive additional opportunities for career enhancement, mentorship, seminars, workshops, and conferences, along with a robust support network, through the Scholars in Translational and Academic Research (STARs) program.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Have completed an MD, MD/PhD, PhD, ScD, or equivalent in the basic or social sciences.   
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident (“green card”).
  • Be from a group that is historically underrepresented in the basic and social sciences.
  • Have no more than two years of postdoctoral experience.


ELIGIBLE DEPARTMENTS

DPF Fellows can choose to conduct research with faculty within the basic and social science departments in research programs or faculty labs. For more information, click on the department of interest below. Candidates are encouraged to reach out to faculty members with whom they are interested in working to discuss their interests

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates must complete the online application form and submit it with the following documents. A reference copy of the application is available here.

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2021 and must be completed no later than April 15, 2021.

To facilitate completing your application, please prepare the following information:

  • Cover letter.
     
  • Your preference(s) for department, faculty, and/or laboratory.
    Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their postdoctoral research interests with a potential faculty mentor(s) prior to submitting an application.
     
  • Requested start date for the Fellowship.
     
  • Responses to the each of  following prompts:
  • Describe your research interests and how they might be addressed through this fellowship
  • Describe your career goals and how this fellowship will be valuable to your professional development as a researcher and scholar.Address the specific factors leading to your decision to apply.
  • Describe your career goals and how those goals might contribute to enhancement of diversity and inclusion in science.
  • Identify which single publication best represents your work.
  • Describe any academic or career challenges you may have experienced.
  • Curriculum vitae
     
  • Name and e-mail contact information for three individuals who will be asked to complete an online recommendation form. Entering the names of your references will generate an email that gives them access to the recommendation form.
  • Name and e-mail contact information for three individuals who will be asked to complete an online recommendation form. Entering the names of your references will generate an email that gives them access to the recommendation form only after you have submitted your application. To allow references to have sufficient time to prepare their responses, we encourage candidates to provide their writers with the list of questions on the form ahead of time.
  • One of your references should be from your thesis advisor. If you’ve had a postdoctoral position, your second reference must be from your most recent postdoc advisor.
  • Click here for the list of questions your referees will be asked to address.


SELECTION

Candidates will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Harvard Medical School faculty and administrators.  Fellows are selected on the basis of their demonstrated academic achievement, scholarly promise, commitment to research, potential to add to the diversity of the Harvard Medical School community, and the likelihood that the individual may become an independent scientist and societal leader upon the completion of the fellowship who will continue to contribute to diversity through their ongoing academic and research scholarship


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

  1. What is the application deadline? Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2021 and must be completed – including references and all supporting documents - no later than April 15, 2021.
     
  2. I’m interested in the postdoc program at HMS, but I don’t know any of the faculty. Can I still apply? Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their postdoctoral research interests with a potential faculty mentor(s) prior to submitting an application. While it is not necessary to know a member of the faculty in order to apply, it is important to review the information provided on the departmental website to identify researchers whose current work and/or research interests complement yours. Introduce yourself to the person via email, letting them know that you are planning to apply for the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and briefly outline your reasons for wanting to do a postdoc with them. If you have any questions or need additional support, please contact Ying Wang for the DPF.
     
  3. I am in the process of applying for permanent residency and hope to receive it by the time I want to start my postdoc. Am I eligible to apply? The Fellowship is open to candidates who are US citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. If you are in the process of applying for permanent residency status, you will need to wait until it is received before submitting an application.
     
  4. Where is the form that I need to give to my reference writers?  Entering the names of your references will generate an email that gives them access to the recommendation form only after you have submitted your application. To allow references to have sufficient time to prepare their responses, we encourage candidates to provide their writers with the list of questions on the form ahead of time. For a list of questions your referees will be asked to address, please click here.
     
  5. Where can I find out more information about being a postdoc at Harvard Medical School? To learn about the range of programming, support and resources available to postdoctoral students at HMS, visit the Office for Postdoctoral Fellows website.

 



For more information:

dicp_deanspostdoc@hms.harvard.edu

 

 

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