Takemi Fellowship 2018/2019 at the Harvard T.H. Chan School (Funding available)

Application Deadline: December 31st 2017

The Takemi Program in International Health seeks to improve health and health systems around the world by welcoming mid-career health professionals and scholars to the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health to conduct path breaking research and develop their leadership skills.

Takemi Fellows examine problems of mobilizing, allocating, and managing scarce resources to improve health, and of designing effective strategies for disease control and prevention and health promotion, with a focus on low and middle-income countries.

The Fellowship Year

  • Each year the programrecruits a small group ofmid-career researchers and professionals to spend an academic year at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Takemi Program provides participants with the space,

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have completed a graduate degree
  • Have significant work and research experience, including publications in internationally recognized journals
  • Have demonstrated potential leadership capacity in their home countries
  • Strong promise and appropriate preparation (including facility of English)
  • 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).

Program Structure

Over the course of the Program, Fellows are expected to:

  • Meet regularly with their faculty advisor to receive feedback on their project and assistance with their progress.
  • Attend and participate in the Takemi Program weekly seminar
  • Present research progress throughout the year via scheduled Preliminary, Mid-year, and Final presentations
  • Submit a final paper of publishable quality before departing

In addition to this, Takemi Fellows are encouraged to:

  • Audit classes at Harvard Chan School
  • Attend Harvard Chan School seminars
  • Attend Office of Faculty Affairs sponsored Postdoctoral Fellows courses


The weekly Takemi Program Seminars are designed to provide an introduction to a wide range of research topics and methodologies by faculty at the School of Public Health. The seminar formats range from formal to informal, and are intended to be a forum for discussion between Fellows and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty and occasional visitors. Throughout the year, we welcome suggestions from Takemi Fellows on potential topics or speakers.


Ford Foundation Funding

  • In collaboration with the Ford Foundation, we are pleased to announce support for two West African Takemi Fellows for 2018-2019. This grant was made as part of the Foundation’s mission to enhance leadership development and build capacity in the region for research and policy making on sexual and reproductive health. Ford Foundation-supported Fellows will be provided $48,000 to cover living, health insurance, travel, and research expenses.

JPMA Funding

The funding will provide partial financial support to two Takemi Fellows per year.  Applications can be found on the Application Materials page of the Takemi Program website.  Candidates should indicate their interest in JPMA funding support in a brief cover letter accompanying their application materials.   After our selection process is complete, we will assess eligibility for the Fellowships, selecting up to two JPMA funded Fellows (from the candidates chosen to participate in the Takemi Program that year).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Takemi Program in International Health



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