Yerby Fellow

Harvard University

United States

Yerby Fellow

School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Department/Area All Departments

Position Description

The Harvard Chan Yerby Fellowship Program draws on the rich research environment and intellectual resources of one of the world’s premier public health training institutions. Named for Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African-American pioneer in public health, this program aims to expand the diversity of those entering the academic public health field. The program creates a bridge between academic training in public health-related fields and entry-level faculty positions at institutions throughout the United States.


The goal of the program is to advance the intellectual and professional development of each Yerby Fellow. Under the guidance of a senior Harvard Chan School faculty member with compatible interests, Yerby Fellows develop research agendas, receive grant support, and actively pursue publication in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, Yerby Fellows gain teaching experience and participate in a wide variety of professional development activities.


Yerby Fellows receive a competitive salary with benefits for one year, renewable for a second year.


Fellowship training is available across the broad range of the School’s activities: laboratory sciences, population sciences, and social and policy sciences. Fellows are based within one of the School’s nine academic departments:

-Environmental Health
-Genetics and Complex Diseases
-Global Health and Population
-Health Policy and Management
-Immunology and Infectious Diseases
-Social and Behavioral Sciences


Basic Qualifications
1. Applicants must have earned a doctorate in a public health-related discipline.

2. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application submission.

3. Applicants who are members of a minority group that is underrepresented in public health will be given special consideration. Underrepresented, as defined by the NIH, includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. Individuals from other backgrounds that would contribute to academic diversity, including individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities, will also be considered.


Additional Qualifications
Applicants must be exceptional entry-level professionals from academia or nonprofit healthcare organizations interested in experiencing a dynamic opportunity to become an independent researcher, advance scientific publication, and develop grant-writing skills. 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 the critical perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.


Special Instructions
The deadline to apply is October 11, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT. All applications must be submitted through this online application portal.


Recommendation letters are due by October 25, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT. The link to submit recommendation letters will be sent to your references only AFTER you submit your completed application.


Contact Information
Jennifer Ivers
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs


Mollie-Anne Maxfield
Postdoctoral Programming Coordinator


Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 2
Maximum Number of References Allowed 2


Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please briefly describe the specific research goals to be completed during the fellowship (500 words or fewer)

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please provide a brief personal statement discussing the origin of current and past research accomplishments, interests, and/or goals (250 words or fewer)

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Transcript
  3. Publication
Optional Documents
  1. Publication 2
  2. Publication 3

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