Application Materials

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Applicants should have completed graduate degrees and demonstrated potential leadership capacity in their home countries. They are expected to show strong promise and appropriate preparation (including facility in English) to enable them to benefit from a period at Harvard. Further, they are expected to have made, or intend to make, a commitment to a career in health for which participation in the Program will be of significant value. Applications may come from any relevant discipline or profession (e.g., medicine, law, public health, economics, management, and social sciences).

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Applicants should take the initiative to identify and obtain funding for the Fellowship. Please note that The Takemi Program does not provide funding.  Please click here for a list of funding sources past Fellows have found useful.

Required Application Materials

  • Application information sheet
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Publications list
  • Short sample of something you have published in English
  • Proposal of research and writing to be undertaken during the Fellowship
  • Three letters of reference

The proposal should not exceed five typewritten pages and should include a clear statement of objectives, significance or relevance, data sources, and methodology. The proposal should discuss how the Fellowship at Harvard will contribute to strengthening the capabilities of the applicants country.  Please note that data should be collected and ready for analysis before arriving to the Program.

Please also include a brief but specific cover letter stating what you plan to accomplish during the Fellowship (and confirming that your data will have been collected and will be ready for analysis when you arrive for the Fellowship).

Applications and proposals for 2015-16 (August 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) must be received by March 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified of the Program’s decision in early May. Fellows are expected to begin their appointments on August 1 of each year, for eleven months.

Please send complete applications by email to: alevin (at)

Recommendation letters should also be sent directly by the referee to the Takemi Program by email.

You can download an application to the Takemi Program in one of the following formats: