The objective of the Boston University Medical Campus-Massachusetts General Hospital Global Psychiatry Clinical Research Training Program is to develop independent clinical scientists who can address the most pressing global public mental health challenges. Postdoctoral fellows will be prepared to work collaboratively across disciplines and cultures in order to respond to the substantial burden of mental health related diseases in low- to middle-income countries and resource-limited areas, and to develop strategies that advance global delivery and scale-up of mental health services, improve general wellbeing, and foster overall country development. The postdoctoral fellowship is a three-year training program that combines rigorous didactic instruction, clinical research methods training from Boston University and Harvard University, practice in working effectively with disadvantaged communities, and immersive, mentored clinical research experiences in global settings. Each postdoctoral fellow is selected from a deep pool of clinical and research talent. They are mentored by a diverse group of faculty who are recognized leaders in major psychiatric subspecialties as well as clinical research approaches. Fellows complete a mentored research project at an international training site in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, Peru, or Barbados in topics such as addictions, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD/trauma/complex emergency, HIV mental health, women’s health, and childhood disorders. In addition to these topics, there is a research methods core made accessible to fellows consisting of faculty with extensive experience in clinical trials, qualitative/quantitative research, and implementation science. Our fellows utilize a variety of research skills and techniques to understand the scope of a problem, and develop innovative interventions that are feasible, and culturally and clinically relevant to the specific environments and populations. At the end of the third year of the program, fellows are expected to be well situated to submit a K-award application. With heavily circumscribed clinical responsibilities, trainees will focus on the refinement of their research projects, developing international collaborations, and strengthening their clinical research skills.
Harvard University Information
Established in 1636, Harvard University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Cambridge (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Massachusetts. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Harvard University (HU) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Harvard University (HU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 383 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 0-10% making this US higher education organization a most selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.
Candidates must have completed their psychiatry residency, possess a PhD in psychology, or possess a PhD from an accredited School of Public Health in order to be eligible to apply for this fellowship.
Fellow will receive be supported with: financial support, scientific mentorship, didactic training, supportive institutional environment (domestic and abroad), and challenging research questions to assist productive independent research careers in global mental health.
- Application Form
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement: This should be a brief statement (2-5 pages) and should include the following:
- A description of your substantive areas of interest
- The type of project you wish to undertake
- The particular methods/approach in which you want additional training
- Copy of your passport and/or green card
- Proof of a full medical license, completion of PhD in public health, or completion of a PhD in psychology and internship (psychology licensure not required).
[NOTE: If you are applying during your final year of residency, PhD, or psychology internship, you are required to send a letter from your program director stating that you are in good standing and that you are expected to graduate by your scheduled date. If you are a fourth year psychiatry resident, you must additionally send proof that you are eligible for a full medical license by submitting notarized copies of your USMLE I, II, and III results.]
- Three letters of reference
- In addition to your PDF application, please submit your medical and/or graduate school transcript(s). Transcripts should be sent in a sealed envelope from the university and bear the official institutional seal. Please send original transcripts to the Global Psychiatry Clinical Research Training Program directly from the issuing university to:
Boston Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry
Doctor’s Office Building, Suite 914
720 Harrison Avenue,
Boston, MA 02118-2340
Instructions: Please submit your fellowship application form and all required documentation (including reference letters) as one complete PDF file using the following naming convention: “last name_T32 Fellowship”. Email all materials to [email protected] You will be notified upon receipt of your application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.