Program Structure

Takemi Fellows work independently, under the supervision of their advisor (a member of the Harvard faculty), and the Takemi Program Director, Michael Reich, and Executive Director, Jesse Bump.

Over the course of the Program, Fellows are expected to:

  • Meet regularly with their faculty advisor to receive feedback on their project and assistance with their progress.
  • Attend and participate in the Takemi Program weekly seminar
  • Present research progress throughout the year via scheduled Preliminary, Mid-year, and Final presentations
  • Submit a final paper of publishable quality before departing

In addition to this, Takemi Fellows are encouraged to:

  • Audit classes at Harvard Chan School
  • Attend Harvard Chan School seminars
  • Attend Office of Faculty Affairs sponsored Postdoctoral Fellows courses


The weekly Takemi Program Seminars are designed to provide an introduction to a wide range of research topics and methodologies by faculty at the School of Public Health. The seminar formats range from formal to informal, and are intended to be a forum for discussion between Fellows and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty and occasional visitors. Throughout the year, we welcome suggestions from Takemi Fellows on potential topics or speakers.

Areas of Research

The primary goals of research under the Takemi Program are to investigate how resources are allocated and used for health purposes and to develop methods for making such policy choices more rational and equitable. The Program promotes research on the world’s most urgent health needs, especially in the developing countries, and the most effective ways to meet them.

The research activities of the Takemi Program have a strong practical emphasis. Fellows carry out their research projects at Harvard, using data they bring with them. The projects are expected to be closely linked to action programs and to Fellows’ subsequent work after returning home. Program findings and results are disseminated widely and opportunities are sought to apply them in various settings.

You can find examples of previous research papers on the ‘past fellows’ tab on the left menu.