Mortimer Spiegelman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Demographic Studies

The Call for Applications is Now Closed.

This postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) is named in honor of the late Mortimer Spiegelman, a renowned biostatistician. The Spiegelman Fellowship Program goals are to provide top researchers with opportunities for enhanced research, analytic and leadership training; exposure to current issues in population and development; and the expansion of fellows’ professional network for collaboration and exchange

The program is open to researchers and practitioners in the field of demography and population studies. The selected candidate(s) possesses a strong record of academic training, a commitment to population and development work, the demonstrated ability to work independently, and leadership potential.

Spiegelman 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. A team of Harvard mentors will be matched to the chosen candidate(s).

In 2014, we will be offering one or two Spiegelman Fellowships. See Terms below for details.

The Harvard Pop Center will appoint either one fellow for a 12 month appointment or two fellows for a six month appointment (each). Candidates from outside the United States are encouraged to apply.

Fellows have access to the full range of resources offered by Harvard University and the Harvard School of Public Health. Each fellow is provided with a work space at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, plus library privileges, health benefits, and a research and travel budget.

If one fellow if chosen, his/her stipend will be $60,000 in U.S. dollars per year (12 month appointment). If two fellows are chosen, each will receive a $30,000 stipend in U.S. dollars (6 month appointment).  Fellows will be required to spend the majority of their time at Harvard, although travel for field work or conferences would be approved.  The start date can be anytime in 2014.

Fellows must have completed a PhD, MD, or an equivalent program by the time of entrance into the program. Written verification will be required.

Application and Selection Processes:

Applications will be accepted starting September 6, 2013. Completed applications must be received by 3:00 P.M. EST by Monday, December 2, 2013.

Please note that ALL application materials must be submitted electronically and should include:

1.  A current CV

2.  PDFs of transcripts from graduate schools attended. If you cannot send these by the deadline, please let us know.

3.  Research Proposal. No more than 2,000 words addressing the following questions:

    • Describe current research.
    • What questions are you interested in addressing as a Spiegelman 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.
    • Indicate whether you prefer a six month or a one term and why?
    • Indicate if there is a particular Pop Center faculty member (or Harvard faculty) you’d like to serve as your mentor.

4. A writing sample (no more than 20 pages including graphs and tables).

5. 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%)

Application materials should be submitted to  Please put in the subject line “Spiegelman Fellowship.” The deadline is Monday, December 2, 2013.

***If you are applying for both the Bell Fellowship and the Spiegelman Fellowship, we can use the same application materials. Simply put “Bell and Spiegelman Fellowship” in the subject line of your email and also indicate in your email text that you wish to be considered for both.

One or two candidates will be chosen by March 14, 2014.

If you have questions, please contact Laura Price, Program Director, at