ERC Trainees FAQ

What is a Harvard Chan ERC Trainee?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) funds the Harvard Chan ERC. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Department of Health and Human Services. NIOSH functions as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, and it empowers employers and workers in building safe and healthy workplaces. ERC Trainees are funded by NIOSH, with support from Harvard Chan and other sources.

Who is eligible for selection as a Harvard Chan ERC Trainee?

Education occurs at the master, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels. U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in a full-time, graduate-level academic program at Harvard Chan are eligible. We do not anticipate any open trainee slots for the 2023 – 2024 academic year.

What support do Harvard Chan ERC Trainees receive?

Appointments are generally made for a 12-month period starting at the beginning of the trainee’s first semester. ERC Trainees’ support may vary from year to year, although many students receive tuition, health fees, and stipend support. Additionally, trainees receive mentoring and access to exceptional education and research opportunities.

Can Harvard Chan ERC trainees hold other appointments, jobs, or be a TA? 

ERC Trainees are required to devote full-time effort to the ERC training program. Employment with additional compensation may be allowed, but it requires prior approval from both the Harvard Chan ERC Director and NIOSH/CDC. Compensation may not be paid from a federal grant that supports the same research that is part of the planned ERC training. ERC Trainees may serve as TAs.

What are my obligations as a Harvard Chan ERC Trainee?

Trainees are required to participate in periodic trainee meetings and fulfill the responsible conduct of research requirements. Specific courses also are required. There are no payback obligations.

Need more information?

Please contact Mircea Filimon, ERC Senior Program Manager at