A strong mentorship program is pivotal to the success of the Sloan Fellowship at Harvard. Like our Bell Fellowship program, we advocate for a dual mentorship model to ensure that each participating fellow is privileged with one-on-one interaction with scientists familiar with the challenges and opportunities intrinsic to transdisciplinary research.
Sloan Fellows have primary offices at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS), where the program is administered. The HCPDS is located in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass. The Boston campus—where the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and affiliated hospitals are located—is a 20-minute ride across the Charles River. A free shuttle bus runs every 1/2 hour between the Cambridge and Boston campuses. Scholars may also have satellite office space at other Harvard schools or labs (to be discussed with the co-directors).
Fellows are provided with timely access to data sources, laboratory facilities, and other resources as needed. The Harvard Pop Center is home to a population science research platform. Studies are tightly harmonized so that critical comparisons across studies (or countries) can lead to important insights. The HCPDS also houses highly sensitive data that need to be enclaved. Data managers and analysts are on staff and available to aid fellows in their research efforts. They also have access to the Research Computing Environment (HMDC-RCE), maintained by the Harvard-MIT Data Center, that provides a full-featured user environment with a wide range of research tools, and a secure virtual network computing (VNC) connection. This ensures users can work effectively, whether on site or elsewhere. Several powerful computing clusters are available to users for computationally intensive analyses.
Since they are considered employees, Sloan Fellows have access to all of Harvard’s vast resources including its library system that encompasses more than 70 libraries and is at the leading edge of new information technology. The Francis A. Countway Library is located on the Longwood Medical Area Campus and combines the resources of the Harvard Medical School library and the Boston Medical Library. Among libraries serving medical and health-related schools, it is the largest of its kind in the United States.
Sloan Fellows are also encouraged to attend courses, seminars and programs at affiliated Harvard schools and centers. Examples include the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, which holds regular conferences and seminars allowing scholars in the social sciences to gather for research seminars in core methods related to causal inference, innovations in health assessment and general issues relate to demographic and population health issues; The Center for Geographic Analysis offers technical training workshops to introduce GIS concepts and teach the basics on how to use GIS software. In addition, we encourage attendance at The Malcolm Wiener Center Inequality & Social Policy seminar series at the Harvard Kennedy School; Department of Sociology Colloquium Series; and the Harvard Global Health Institute seminars and conferences.