Bell Fellowships

David Bell sitting on a desk
The David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is named in honor of the late David E. Bell, Clarence Gamble Professor of Population Sciences and International Health, Emeritus, at the Harvard School of Public Health (now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and former director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Professor Bell played a critical role in international population and development throughout his distinguished career. Since its creation in 1990, the program has awarded over 80 postdoctoral fellowships to international professionals in population and development.

We will not be recruiting for a 2022 – 2024 cohort of Bell Fellows. Please check this page in September, 2022 for information on the recruitment process for the cohort of 2023 – 2025.

The Bell Fellowship Program provides opportunities for research and leadership training in a two-year, non-degree program for researchers and practitioners in the field of population and development.

Selected candidates possess:

  • a strong record of academic training
  • a commitment to population and development work
  • the demonstrated ability to work independently
  • leadership potential

Bell Fellows examine a broad range of critical issues in the field of population and development studies from multidisciplinary perspectives. Most fellows will have interests that match the focal areas of HCPDS:

  • Social & Environmental Determinants of Population Health
  • Aging Societies
  • Workplace & Well-Being
  • Social & Family Demography

The wide range of perspectives will enhance the fellows’ experiences and broaden the community life at the Center.