Post-doctoral Program

Applicants with doctoral degrees in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g. sociology, psychology, economics), epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition, nursing, genetics, education, health and social behavior, or related fields or with M.D. degrees, may be accepted for a mentored postdoctoral research fellowship.

Not only do candidates come from different backgrounds, but their career goals require different training. Accordingly, we provide two years of training support for postdoctoral trainees;

Trainees engage in mentored research, leading to participation on one or more ongoing projects in order to gain specialized training in cancer prevention and control. The Program Leaders recommend a primary mentor for each fellow; the mentor’s role is to supervise the research and monitor progress. In consultation with primary mentors, fellows identify one or more secondary mentors, with the aim of gaining diverse transdisciplinary perspectives of cancer prevention across disciplines. Fellows will work under the direction of their mentors in collaborative research projects in their area of specialization.

Although they do not take course work leading to a formal degree, these fellows attend and contribute to the Program’s monthly seminar series, and participate in the required courses and workshops in the Specialized Curriculum, described below. In addition, all post-doctoral fellows participate in advanced courses as needed, from the wide range offered in Harvard Chan and extended Harvard curricula.