Who is eligible for the Bell and Sloan postdoctoral fellowship programs?
We have no requirement regarding how much time has passed since completing a doctorate degree; however, since this is a training program, candidates who have significant work/research experience would need to explain in their proposal how this program would benefit them.
Bell Fellows’ work may be domestic or global in scope. Sloan Fellows must focus on salient issues pertaining to working longer in the United States.
The Bell and Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to U.S. and international scholars. We will support a J-1 or F-1 OPT visa for participants who are eligible. Please refer to the Harvard International Office for information on visas.
Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged.
How are mentors selected at Harvard?
In some instances, applicants have very specific ideas about who they would like to select as primary and secondary mentors and should indicate as such in their research proposal.
Since the HCPDS is administered under the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Bell and Sloan postdoctoral fellows will need to follow the Harvard Chan School’s requirements around completing a career development form and subsequent annual reviews.
At what point should applicants contact potential mentors?
Can anyone at HCPDS pre-screen applications?
Are there opportunities for teaching or teaching requirements? Can clinicians continue their clinical work during the program?
As a Bell or Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow, can I receive other forms of compensation?
In addition to salary, what benefits do fellows receive?
Can I maintain my existing research grants or apply for new grants while participating in the program?
It is possible to apply for new grants while a fellow. Proposals should run through the HCPDS and build upon work being done as a fellow. All potential proposals would be vetted first by the HCPDS leadership.
Where do Bell and Sloan Postdoctoral Fellows sit? What’s the work environment like?
We have two adjacent buildings—a Victorian house and a one level, smaller building. Full-time residents include: an admin team; a “research core” of associates and assistants; postdoctoral fellows; visiting scientists; and Harvard faculty who reside part-time at HCPDS. There is also a flex work area for student assistants and visitors. The environment is casual and congenial. Most residents come into the office daily.
What is it like to live in the Boston area?
The area offers annual events that need no further introduction such as the Boston Marathon, 4th of July celebration, and First Night. Harvard offers The Head of the Charles Regatta in the fall, and an abundance of theater and musical productions. The other New England states are within a one- to three-hour drive. New York City is a four-hour drive away, and is easily accessible via flight, bus, or rail.
Note that the cost of living is quite high in this area—equivalent to New York City and San Francisco. A studio or one bedroom apartment can run $1,000–$2,500 per month.