Yerby Fellowship Program – Applications Open 9/13

The Harvard Chan Yerby Fellowship Program draws on the rich research environment and intellectual resources of one of the world’s premier public health training institutions. Named for Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African-American pioneer in public health, this program aims to expand the diversity of those entering the academic public health field. The program creates a bridge between academic training in public health-related fields and entry-level faculty positions at institutions throughout the United States.

The goal of the program is to advance the intellectual and professional development of each Yerby Fellow. Under the guidance of a senior Harvard Chan School faculty member with compatible interests, Yerby Fellows develop research agendas, receive grant support, and actively pursue publication in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, Yerby Fellows gain teaching experience and participate in a wide variety of professional development activities.

Application submission will open on September 13, 2019.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must submit a completed application online that includes the following:

  • Briefly describe the specific research goals to be completed during the fellowship (500 words or fewer)
  • A personal statement discussing the origin of current and past research accomplishments, interests, and/or goals (250 words or fewer)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One publication sample
  • Official graduate transcript
  • Must submit 2 letters of recommendation*

*Please note: recommendation letters due by 11:59 EST on November 15, 2019. A submission link will be sent to your two (2) references onlyafter you submit your complete application.

Selection Criteria

Each application will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Professional achievements
  • Potential for leadership in public health
  • Potential for future growth and career advancement
  • Potential for significant contributions to area of expertise
  • Interpersonal and communications skills
  • Individual plans for incorporating the fellowship experience into specific career goals

Finalists will be contacted in late January for an interview in early February via Skype or in person. All applicants will be notified of their status by late-February.  Applicants who are selected for interviews will receive details about the remainder of the process upon invitation.

The Ideal Candidate

This program highly values diversity in many areas, including: professional interests; geographic locations; and racial, ethnic, and gender identities.  Individuals who are flexible, team players, and possess a passion for research, grant and publication development tend to more easily assimilate into the program.

How to Apply
All applications must be submitted through the online application portal (, which will go live on September 13, 2019. The deadline date for all completed applications is October 25, 2019 at 11:59 EST.