Application Information

Applicants should be mid-career researchers who have completed graduate degrees, published in internationally recognized journals, and demonstrated potential leadership capacity in their home countries. They are expected to show strong promise and appropriate preparation (including facility in English) to enable them to fully benefit from the experience. Further, they are expected to have made, or intend to make, a commitment to a career in health for which participation in the Program will be of significant value. Applications may come from any relevant discipline or profession (e.g., medicine, law, public health, economics, management, and social sciences).

If you are unsure as to whether you meet these requirements, please reach out to the Takemi Program at to learn more.

The application portal for the 2022–2023 fellowship year is open.


Please note that the Takemi Program does not provide funding. Should you be accepted into the Program, Fellows are expected to begin their appointments on August 1 for 11 months. We encourage applicants to review the list of funding sources past fellows have found useful here . Below are estimated costs for the 2021–2022 Fellowship year.

The application contains the following components:

  1. Eligibility Questionnaire
  2. Proof of English Language Proficiency (PDF Upload) We accept TOEFL/IELTS. If you have attended an University in which English is the language of instruction, you can include a copy of your transcript.
  3. Statement of Interest (PDF Upload) We would like to know why you interested in the Takemi Program. We would like to learn more about your motivation for pursuing this opportunity. How will the program contribute to your professional life? What do you think you can contribute to the Program? Why do you think you would be successful in the Program? What do you hope to get from the Program? What are your plans after completing the Program?
  4. Basic Information
  5. Education and Professional Experiences
  6. CV (PDF Upload)
  7. Research Proposal (PDF Upload) Please note that data should be collected and ready for analysis before arriving to the Program. Please list the title of your research proposal and upload a PDF version. The full proposal should be no more than 5 pages (excluding the title page and references), single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. The Proposal must include the following (page length is only a suggestion):
    • Title page
    • Summary of the proposed project including a brief statement of specific aims and objectives and potential significance of the research (1/2 page)
    • Specific aims (1/2 to 1 page)
    • Background and significance (1/2 to 1 page)
    • Data sources (1/2 to 1 page)
    • Research design and methods (2 pages)
    • References
  8.  Publication List (PDF Upload)
  9. Document Published in English (PDF Upload)
  10. References You must provide three references who are willing to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Once you complete the form as part of the application, an email will be generated and sent to your references.

Takemi Program Estimated Costs:  2021–2022 Academic Year

Estimated living expenses: $47,484

Takemi Fellows enter the United States as Research Fellows/Scholars on a J1 Visa.  The U.S. Government and Harvard require documentation of funding at the NIH mandated rate of US$47,484 per year for J1 visiting scholar visa holders.  The above amount is based on an 10 month appointment (August 1, 2020–June 30, 2021) for one Fellow (and includes your spouse and children if they will accompany you).  *Please note that this amount may increase. We will inform you of the exact amount needed at the time of acceptance.

International travel (estimate): $ 5,500

Estimated round-trip airfare to/from your home country to the United States.

Health Insurance (estimate): $ 9,390

Basic coverage is required for J-1 visa holders (and you will be asked to provide documentation of adequate coverage should you be selected).  If you will have health insurance from home for the duration of the fellowship, you may be asked to confirm that your current health care coverage meets the health care coverage requirements for J visa holders.

 * Please note that health insurance and other benefits are not included when Takemi Fellows receive stipends through Harvard for the JPMA funded Fellowships.

Total: $ 62,374

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