Terms and Conditions of the Program (2015-2017)

1. The David E. Bell Fellowship is a one or two year post-doctoral training program (applicants should indicate in their cover letter if they desire a one or two year stint). Fellows’ salaries for the academic year 2014-2016 will be $60,000/year plus fringe benefits including health. Relocation funds of up to $5000 are also provided by the program to be used for flight to Harvard and the shipment of personal items. The program follows Harvard’s policies with regard to reimbursing relocation expenses.

2. Bell Fellows are expected to complete the one or two year program on-site.  If a Fellow desires to be off-site for longer than two weeks, the Fellow must discuss it with the Center director in advance.

3. The focus of the fellowship program must be on training and research. Fellows will be allotted a budget of $12,000 upon arrival to be used for research and work-related travel over their two year stint. These monies can be spent on: research assistance (personnel), purchasing datasets and materials, the costs of membership dues, and travel to work-related conference/events/meetings. In addition, up to $2,000 may be spent on the purchase of a laptop/desktop/tablet for work-related projects. Policies regarding hardware purchases will be given to you at orientation at the start of the program.

4. Each Bell Fellow is expected to develop, present, and carry out a work plan for his/her tenure. This will serve as the blueprint for achieving the goals set forth in the fellowship. The development of the plan should be done with input from either the Center director or the Fellow’s primary mentor.

5. During the academic year, each Fellow is expected to attend most Monday Pop Center seminars, most Thursday RWJF Health & Society Scholars seminars, and to present at least once in the Center’s “Friday Lunch Seminar Series” in front of affiliated faculty and fellows to garner feedback.

6. Monthly meetings for the fellows are hosted by Lisa Berkman and other faculty. This is an opportunity for everyone to share updates on their research, discuss relevant papers, explore career opportunities and prepare for major annual meetings and conferences (e.g. PAA).

7. It is expected that the fellows will participate as much as possible in Center activities including regularly scheduled seminars.