Workshops and Courses

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates

Below is a list of upcoming office hours, workshops, and courses for postdocs and research associates. An email announcement with detailed information will be sent out prior to each event, with a link to register through Eventbrite. You may also register for most upcoming sessions using this page. You MUST be a Harvard Chan School or Harvard-affiliated postdoctoral fellow or research associate to register.

The following links are training resources provided by the NIH:
Virtual Activities For Trainees Outside the NIH
Videocasts of the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) Events

DF/HCC PATHFINDER Webtool is first of many tools that the initiative will deploy to support cancer-focused postdocs and clinical fellows in identifying educational resources, funding opportunities, and relevant meetings.

As Harvard University is a member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), all postdoctoral fellows can become an affiliate member. Events provided by the NPA can be found here: National Postdoctoral Association Community Calendar.

Additional resources can also be found through Harvard University’s new institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), which runs through January 31, 2025.
NOTE: Individuals can activate their membership here  and MUST provide their Harvard email address.

Fall 2023 Workshops and Events

November 2023

NIH K Specific Aims Workshop

A workshop offered by Donald Halstead, Lecturer on Epidemiology and Director of Writing Programs
Tuesday, November 21 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Online – via Zoom
Description: This workshop will analyze the argument, organization, and flow of the one-page Specific Aims component of the NIH’s K series of Career Development Awards, the section that arguably has the greatest impact on reviewers and other review panel members. We will first examine 1 or 2 model Aims, and then constructively peer review the draft Aims that have been submitted.

Participants are expected to read a selected draft Specific Aims page prior to the workshop, in order to review it more effectively during the session.

December 2023

Coming Spring 2024 Workshops
  • Spring NIH Grant Proposal Writing Course (5 Sessions) – *Application required/Limit 4 participants*
  • Writing Clearly and Concisely Series (5 Sessions)
  • Specific Aims Workshop
  • Strategies for Finding Funding and Building Your Research Portfolio
  • Designing a Course That Meets Your Goals
  • Writing a K Grant Award Series
  • Writing Academic Job Application Documents Series
  • Academic Job Search Panel Series
    • Getting a Job in Industry
    • Current HSPH Faculty: Job Search Experience
    • Getting a Job in Academia
    • Becoming a Research Scientist
Coming Fall 2024 Workshops
  • Writing an NIH Loan Repayment (LRP) Application
  • Writing a Resume for Jobs Outside of Academia
  • Writing Scientific Research Series (5 Sessions)
  • How to Plan for a Successful Postdoc Experience
  • Getting a NIH K Award
  • Specific Aims