Fellowships

HGHI Burke Fellowship

The HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowship program at the Harvard Global Health Institute provides funding for postdocs and Harvard junior faculty for their innovative research and curriculum development and teaching in global health.

The application for the 2024 – 2025 HGHI Burke Global Health and Climate and Health Fellowships is now closed.

The Fellowships are made possible through the generous support of Harvard alumna Katherine States Burke, AB’79, and her husband, T. Robert Burke, who established the Burke Fund to help launch and advance the careers of promising junior faculty in global health.

Through the Burkes’ generosity, HGHI has funded over 50 Burke Global Health Fellows since 2009.

Please email us at HGHI_Fellowships@harvard.edu if you have any questions.


Types of Awards


Application

To apply for a HGHI Burke Climate and Health Fellowship, applicants must be research fellows, post-doctoral scholars, and early career faculty pursuing scholarly research at the intersection of climate change and global health. The application for the 2024 – 2025 HGHI Burke Global Health and Climate and Health Fellowships is now closed.

Candidates apply through self-nomination.

To apply for a HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowship, applicants must hold a junior faculty appointment at Harvard University (i.e. Assistant or Associate Professor, Instructor). Faculty working in disciplines outside of health and life sciences are encouraged to apply so long as the work falls within global health. The application for the 2024 – 2025 HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowships is now closed.

Questions about your eligibility or the application?
Email HGHI_Fellowships@harvard.edu


HGHI Burke Climate and Health Fellowship

Application for the HGHI Burke Climate and Health Fellows is now open! Apply by Friday, May 31st at 5PM EDT.

In partnership with the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability, the Harvard Global Health Institute is now offering a 2-year fellowship program for eligible research fellows, post-doctoral scholars, and early career faculty pursuing scholarly research at the intersection of climate change and global health. During their fellowship, HGHI Burke Climate and Health Fellows will work closely with a Harvard faculty mentor in any school or department on their proposed research project.

The HGHI Burke Climate and Health Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of Harvard alumna Katherine States Burke, AB’79, and her husband, T. Robert Burke, who established the Burke Fund to help launch and advance the careers of promising early career researchers in climate and health.

The Award

The fellowship award includes a salary of $75,000 per year for a total of up to two years to support scholarship related to climate and health. During the fellowship period, Climate and Health Fellows will be integral members of the Harvard Global Health Institute and Salata Institute and should expect to participate in cross-University engagements on climate change. All fellows will have physical space both at the Harvard Global Health Institute and at the Salata Institute to build a community of people focused on climate change and its effects. The Harvard Global Health Institute and the Salata Institute expect to support two Climate and Health Fellows to join the 2024 cohort.


Fellow Expectations

  • Participate in relevant Harvard Global Health Institute and Salata Institute scheduled events.
  • Participate in Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) bi-weekly fellow dinners and other HUCE scheduled activities throughout the year.
  • Submit an annual progress report and a scholarly paper (e.g., peer-reviewed publication) to The Harvard Global Health Institute and Salata Institute.
  • Present research findings and accomplishments achieved as a result of HGHI Burke funding to the global health community at the end of their fellowship.
  • Serve as a Pathways to Global Health Speaker seminar series. This is a 1-hour, virtual seminar series for undergraduate students interested in careers in global health.
  • Acknowledge HGHI Burke funding in all award letters and event communications, including invitation letters, websites, announcements, flyers, press releases, presentations, publications, and reports.
  • Serve as a reviewer for future applicants to the fellowship.

Basic Qualifications


  • We welcome applicants from both domestic and foreign institutions. Non-US citizens, who are permitted to work within the US, are eligible to apply.
  • Proposed research projects should have a clear climate and health focus and may include mitigation or adaptation actions that consider or directly evaluate interventions designed to improve health outcomes. Understudied populations, including residents of low- or middle-income countries or regions, children, people who are pregnant, migrant laborers, and racial or ethnic minoritized groups will be prioritized.
  • Candidates with a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g., medicine, public health, climate science, epidemiology, environmental health, economics etc.) are eligible.
  • Ideal candidates are research fellows, post-doctoral fellows, or are within the first 5 years of a faculty position at their home institution.
  • Candidates must secure a commitment from one Harvard faculty member to serve as a research mentor (see criteria on this requirement below).
  • Candidates must commit at least 75% FTE effort to their research for the 2-year program.
  • Candidates should demonstrate experience performing scholarly research (e.g., publications of peer reviewed manuscripts or policy briefs) as part of their application.

Criteria for Harvard Faculty Sponsoring Mentor


  • Sponsoring mentor must have a PhD or MD and be a Harvard faculty member (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor)
  • Sponsoring mentor must demonstrate expertise to support the applicant’s area of research.
  • Sponsoring mentor must submit a letter of support (maximum of two pages) to the selection committee describing in detail the level of commitment to the research and the candidate. Applications without this letter of support will not be considered.
  • The sponsoring mentors Harvard department must administratively credential and house their mentee.
  • Applicants and the Faculty Sponsoring Mentor must obtain a letter from their academic department head acknowledging that indirect costs are not covered.
  • Mentor must guarantee at least 75% of protected time for research for their mentee for the 2-year program.

Finding a Harvard Faculty Sponsoring Mentor:

Potential candidates should start early to identify and establish a relationship with a Harvard faculty member to host their research. In agreeing to be a host, the faculty member is making a significant commitment to the candidate and their proposed research.

Successful candidates will be enthusiastically recommended by their proposed Harvard faculty host. As part of the application requirements, each applicant’s host must submit a letter of support (maximum of two pages) to the selection committee describing in detail the level of commitment to the research and the candidate.

Applicants unfamiliar with Harvard faculty members will find many potential hosts, though far from all, listed on the HGHI global health hub organized both by academic areas and topics.


HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowship

This one-year Fellowship program provides funding for Harvard junior faculty from across the University to support innovative research, curriculum development, and teaching in global health. Since 2009, the HGHI Burke Global Health fellowship has served as a career catalyst for over 50 junior faculty.

The Award

The HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowship is a 12-month program that provides funding for research and curriculum development. There are two categories of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowship awards:


Research Award: $75,000 each

Research awards provide opportunities for junior faculty to conduct foundational research that prepares them to be independent investigators or to conduct exploratory work on groundbreaking questions seldom supported by traditional funding sources.

Curriculum Development and Teaching Award: $25,000 each

Curriculum Development and Teaching awards provide funding for junior faculty to apply innovative pedagogy to course development and teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level. Recipients of the HGHI Burke Fellowships will also receive funding for professional development, including up to $3,000 toward publishing in an open-access journal once during the fellowship, and up to $5,000 towards attending a research conference or networking event that enhances research networks and/or research skills and knowledge.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must hold a junior faculty appointment at Harvard University (ie: Instructor, Assistant or Associate Professor, etc.). We welcome proposals from a broad range of fields and perspectives. Faculty working in disciplines outside of health and life sciences are strongly encouraged to apply so long as the work falls within global health. 


Fellow Expectations

  • Participate in relevant Harvard Global Health Institute events. 
  • Submit a one-year progress report and a final reflection paper to the Harvard Global Health Institute.
  • Present research findings and accomplishments achieved as a result of HGHI Burke funding to the global health community at the conclusion of their fellowship. 
  • Serve as an annual HGHI Pathways to Global Health seminar speaker. This is a 1-hour seminar series for undergraduate students interested in careers in global health.
  • Serve as a reviewer for future applicants to the fellowship.
  • Acknowledge HGHI Burke funding in all award letters and event communications, including invitation letters, websites, announcements, flyers, press releases, presentations, publications, and reports.

Applicants for the 2024-2025 cohort will be notified in late March 2024 if they have been moved forward to stage two of the application process. They will be invited to submit a full proposal at that time.


Current and Past Fellows

Since its commencement, the HGHI Burke Fellowship has successfully sponsored groundbreaking research with individuals in the field of global health. Please view the lists below for updates and information about past and current HGHI Burke Fellows.

2023 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Lao-Tzu Allan-Blitz, MD, MPH
  • Demetrice “Dee” Jordan, PhD, MPH
  • Maria Nardell, MD, MPH
  • Shela Sridhar, MD, MPH
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2023 Cohort of HGHI Burke Climate and Health Fellows
  • Annikki Herranen-Tabibi, PhD
  • Jenny Lee, PhD
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2022 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Jocelyn Kelly, PhD
  • Crystal North, MD, MPH
  • Pooja Chitneni, MD
  • Zahir Kanjee, MD, MPH
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2021 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Kavitha Ranganathan, MD
  • Matthew Gartland, MD
  • Oludare Odumade, MD, PhD
  • John Naslund, PhD
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2020 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Adeline A. Boatin, MD, MPH
  • Matthew Bonds, PhD
  • Dhruv S. Kazi, MD, MSc, MS
  • Elisabeth D. Riviello, MD, MPH
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2019 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Satchit Balsari, MBBS, MPH
  • Stéphane Verguet, MS, MPP, PhD
  • Ashley Whillans, PhD
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2018 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Maha Farhat, MD, MSc
  • Daniel Palazuelos, MD, MPH
  • Giuseppe J. Raviola, MD, MPH
  • Eugene Richardson, PhD, MD, MA
  • Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS
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2017 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Jose F. Figueroa, MD, MPH
  • Lindsay Jaacks, PhD
  • Gautam Rao, PhD, MS
  • Gustavo E. Velásquez, MD, MPH
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2016 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Margaret Bourdeaux, MD, MPH
  • Lydia Pace, MD, MPH
  • Alexander Tsai, MD, PhD
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2015 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, PhD
  • Ingrid T. Katz, MD, MHS
  • Rajesh Panjabi, MD, MPH
  • Pardis Sabeti, MD, DPhil
  • Jennifer Scott, MD, MBA, MPH
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2012 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Nava Ashraf, PhD
  • Jessica Cohen, PhD
  • Jennifer Kasper, MD, MPH
  • Jane Kim, PhD, MSc
  • Danny Milner, MD, MSc
  • Rebecca Weintraub, MD
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2011 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Joshua Salomon, PhD
  • Daniel Shapiro, PhD
  • Kim Wilson, MD
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2009 Cohort of HGHI Burke Global Health Fellows
  • Ingrid Bassett, MD, MPH
  • Marcia Caldas de Castro, PhD
  • Arachu Castro, PhD, MPH
  • Hongtu Chen, PhD
  • Manoj Duraisingh, PhD
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FAQs

Who is eligible for an HGHI Burke Global Health research or curriculum award?

Harvard Faculty who hold a Junior faculty appointment (instructor and assistant professor). Faculty working in disciplines outside of health and life sciences are encouraged to apply so long as the work falls within global health.

Who is eligible for an HGHI Burke Climate and Health award?

Research fellows, post-doctoral scholars, and early career faculty pursuing scholarly research at the intersection of climate change and global health.

Does the HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowship or the HGHI Burke Climate and Health Fellowship allow for indirect costs?

Indirect costs on global subcontract are allowed if the program expenses are outlined in the applicants submitted budget. Indirect costs of Harvard affiliated institutions are not covered.

Does the HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowship allow for a subaward?

Yes, a subaward is allowed. The amount of the subaward must not be greater than 50% of the full award amount.

For questions about the HGHI Burke Global Health Fellowship, please email HGHI_fellowships@harvard.edu.

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