Fellowship in Health Policy and Insurance Research Application Information

General Information

The Department of Population Medicine (DPM) at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute is accepting applications on a rolling basis for a one-year non-funded Fellowship in Health Policy and Insurance Research. The fellowship trains individuals to produce rigorous research to inform policy decision making in the United States and internationally. Priority research areas include (but are not limited to) population-level system and policy research focused on cancers, diabetes, mental illness, and cardiovascular diseases; pharmaceutical policy research including research on opioid use, highly-priced specialty medicines, and medicines in low and middle income country health systems; health care delivery science focused on interventions to improve value; health insurance policy research focused on impacts of high-deductible health plans, health savings accounts, and innovative provider payment models; and policy research methods advances in decision analysis, longitudinal quasi-experimental designs, and in the efficiently and rigorous use of claims and other routinely collected data use for policy research.

Fellows conduct research projects with one-on-one mentorship by faculty members in the DPM Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research (HPI). A list of past and current fellows can be found here.

Fellows receive workspace, computing facilities, and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year. Fellows attend the biweekly Health Policy and Insurance Research Seminar. In addition, fellows present their research in the DPM, may have opportunities for presenting at national/international meetings, and may attend selected advanced methods training courses and seminars at various schools within Harvard University.


Typical applicants hold clinical doctorates (MD, PharmD, or equivalent) with additional research training or experience; PhD or equivalent degrees; or are PhD candidates who have completed their course work, including statistics and epidemiology courses or equivalent, and qualifying examinations.

Review Criteria and Selection

A committee of HPI faculty will evaluate fellowship applications. Applicants will be selected based on their commitment to health policy research in the United States or elsewhere and the quality and feasibility of their proposed fellowship research project.  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact HPI faculty members conducting research of interest to the applicant as proposed fellowship research projects should take advantage of ongoing funded research project and the rich data resources developed for those.  Among others, research projects that make use of the unique strengths of HPI faculty in longitudinal analyses of large linked claims data are particularly welcome.

Fellowship Funding

At this time, no funds are available from the fellowship program.  Interested applicants need to identify and obtain funding from external sources for their living expenses, health insurance, and, where applicable, relocation costs (for information about costs of living in Boston, please see here).  Fellowship faculty will support applications for funding to external sponsors by provisionally accepted applicants. 

Application Materials

A complete application consists of the following:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae; this should include standard information such as education, positions held, relevant research experiences, awards, funding, and a list of publications; please define clearly your current status with respect to PhD, MD and/or postdoctoral training.
  • a cover letter describing your rationale and goals for the fellowship and how it would contribute to your longer-term career; the cover letter should include information on plans for funding of the fellowship
  • a concise proposal for a fellowship research project (1,000 words or less)
  • one writing sample (e.g., report, unpublished manuscript, published paper, etc.) that demonstrates the applicant's interest in health policy
  • one letter of reference from a person who is familiar with your professional and academic qualifications to be sent electronically by the referee to the Health Policy and Insurance Research Fellowship  

Applications are reviewed as they are received.  Fellowship start dates are flexible.

Please submit application materials electronically to FHPIR@hphc.org

The applicants will be notified when his/her application has been received. For further information, please contact Samantha Salvucci at samantha_salvucci@hphc.org or by phone at +1 617 867-4881.