Research Post-Doctoral Fellowships for HSS Graduates
Establishing a research component to your career is a multi-stage, multi-year process—as is establishing expertise in any field of medicine. HSS provides training for the initial stages during residency, as described in, as well as access to a wide range of resources for post-doctoral fellowships that can be begun after, or in some cases during, residency. The following is an annotated “webography” of the major opportunities:
VA Office of Academic Affiliations Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships
The VA Office of Academic Affiliations provides a wide range of research fellowships open to HSS graduates who are US citizens. This website provides access to information on a broad array of options. Of particular interest to HSS graduates will be, among others: Psychiatric Research/Neurosciences, Health Services Research and Development, Addiction Treatment, Mental Illness Research and Treatment, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery-Oriented Services.
VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Innovation (CHOIR) Health Services Research Fellowships
Among the above programs, perhaps of particular local interest is the VA Health Services Research and Development Fellowship, a long-standing health services research training program located at VA Boston’s Jamaica Plain Campus which has launched health services research careers for both psychiatrists and clinical psychologists.
Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry Research Awards
The Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry sponsors three post-doctoral research awards open to residents motivated to establish a career in mental health research. These fellowships are open to US citizens and non-citizens alike. There are three fellowships:
- Dupont Warren Fellowship: supports up to 80% salary for post-residency PGY-V trainees and/or 50% salary for PGY-IV trainees. Focus includes all areas of mental health research.
- Kaplen Fellowship: supports up to 80% salary for post-residency PGY-V trainees and/or 50% salary for PGY-IV trainees. Focus is depression and allied affective disorders.
- Livingston Award: provides up to $10,000 to underwrite research expenses, travel, and equipment in the PGY-III, PGY-IV, or PGY–V year
The Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological and Social Psychiatry
The Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological and Social Psychiatry, The Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry is an NIMH-supported Postdoctoral Fellowships involving independent research under supervision of experienced clinical researchers in biological and social/developmental fields, participation in integrative seminars, and related courses. Diverse opportunities at over 45 research sites include: brain imaging, psychophysiology, psychopharmacology, genetics, neurochemistry, and longitudinal developmental studies. Post-doctoral support is available for up to two years. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible.