Fellowship in Health Policy and Insurance Research Application Information


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.  We encourage prospective applicants to send an informal inquiry about their interest in the fellowship to the Fellowship Administrator.

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 and Resources

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. 

Fellows are integrated in the Division’s research teams.  They receive intense one-on-one, team, and peer mentoring.  Fellows have dedicated workspace, computing resources, access to biostatistics support as needed, and to libraries and other resources of Harvard University. Fellows attend the biweekly Health Policy and Insurance Research Seminar and regular departmental seminars. In addition, fellows present their research in the DPM, may have opportunities for presenting at national or international meetings, and may attend selected advanced methods training courses and seminars at schools within and outside of Harvard University.

Application Materials

A completed 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 and/or systems research.
  • 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.

Applicants will be notified when an application has been received. For further information, please contact Meg Scholl at Meg.Scholl@point32health.org  or by phone at +1 617 867-4499.