Fellowship Application

To qualify for consideration, applicants must submit a completed application online that includes the following:

  • Provide answers to the all required fields.
    • Goals: Briefly describe the specific research goals to be completed during the fellowship, preferably including identified department(s) and/or mentor(s) at the School (750 words)
    • Background: A personal statement discussing the origin of current and past research accomplishments, interests, and/or goals (250 words)
    • Explain the relevance of your background to the program’s goal of increasing the diversity of academic public health (150 words).
    • Current Harvard-affiliated fellows ONLY: How would the Yerby Fellowship expand your growth and development opportunities that are otherwise unavailable in your current fellowship?
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One publication sample (manuscript under review or dissertation excerpt is acceptable)
  • Official graduate school transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation*

*A submission link with deadline information will be sent to your two (2) references only after you submit your complete application.

Selection Criteria

Each application will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Academic and professional achievements to date
  • Demonstration of potential for leadership in public health professions
  • Potential for significant contributions to academic area of expertise
  • Interpersonal and communications skills (written and oral)
  • Individual plans for incorporating the fellowship experience into specific career goals

Finalists will be notified and contacted for an interview via Zoom or in person. All applicants will be notified of their status. Applicants who are selected for interviews will receive details about the remainder of the process upon invitation.

The Ideal Candidate

The Fellowship seeks candidates whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to a stronger, more diverse public health community. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and teaching a critical understanding of the experiences of historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

Ideal applicants will show a demonstrated interest in and experience with independent research, advanced scientific publication, and grant writing, even if in the context of team science or scholarly collaborations.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through the online application portal. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to November 5, 2023 at 11:59p.m. EDT. Deadline for letters of recommendation is November 15, 2023 at 11:59p.m. EDT.