There are three ways to pursue postdoctoral training opportunities in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine:

  1. Occasional funded openings for postdoctoral employees in such areas as tuberculosis epidemiology and mental health research – we post these openings on the HMS Postdoc Office webpage.
  2. Selection to one of the training programs listed below.
  3. Agreement with a faculty member who would advise your proposed postdoctoral research project – the postdoc would need to secure funding for the position.

Fellows are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement and the contribution they are likely to make as researchers interested in using their skills and obtaining advanced training for the purpose of developing global health delivery. The application cycles are below.


Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Aga Khan University
Applications: until February 15, 2023
Fellowship Start: September 1, 2023
Location:  Year 1: Harvard Medical School, Boston USA;
Year 2: Aga Khan University – East Africa / South and Central Asia
Funding: This fellowship is salaried consistent with HMS and AKU guidelines. See: 


Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellowship
Applications: between late May to late August
Fellowship Start: July of the following year
Funding: This fellowship is self-funded, candidates need to obtain funding from their residency program or from other sources to support their two-year training in global surgery research.

The Dr. Mario Pagenel Fellowship in Global Mental Health Delivery
Applications: Rolling status, apply by December 1.
Fellowship Start: June-October of the following year
Funding: This fellowship is paid by Partners In Health with a nonpaid academic appointment at Harvard Medical School Global Health and Social Medicine.

Fellowship in Bioethics
Application cycle: Early December to late March
Fellowship Start:  September of the following year
Funding: Tuition is charged for this fellowship program.