Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship At Harvard Medical School & Aga Khan University​ 2024

About the Fellowship Program

The goal of this Fellowship Program is to strengthen capacity for global mental health implementation science in South and Central Asia and/or East Africa. The Fellowship Program is a joint initiative of the Aga Khan University’s Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. The Program supports post-doctoral research fellows in conducting implementation science research designed to translate prevention, assessment, and treatment interventions to specific settings and vulnerable populations in low- and middle- income countries.

Who Can Apply?
The Fellowship Program is open to individuals who have received their PhD or completed their MD with a research thesis degree by December 01, 2023. Additionally, applicants should have a record of academic achievement (for example, prior peer-reviewed publications), and have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in global mental health research, particularly in service to the geographies served by Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan Development Network. The Fellowship Program is open to any qualified candidate.

Selection Process

In addition to consideration of the candidate’s potential fulfilment of all aspects of the program

as outlined above, the selection process will include consideration of the following:

  1. Commitment to the fields of global mental health and implementation science.
  2. Commitment to the special needs of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), especially those served by Aga Khan University (AKU) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). 
  3. Demonstrated academic excellence and/or knowledge/experience in LMICs.
  4. Desire to establish a career in the geographies served by AKU and AKDN.
Start date​​​:​​​​​​August 26, 2024
Duration:​Two years​
Location:​Year 1: Harvard Medical School, Boston USA; 
Year 2: Aga Khan University – East Africa / South and Central Asia​
Consistent with HMS and AKU guidelines.
See: https://postdoc.hms.harvard.edu/guidelines#Salary-Stipen

How To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following as one PDF to Dr. Zul Merali, Director, Brain and Mind Institute,  brain&[email protected] for consideration:

  1. Curriculum Vitae. 
  2. Cover letter outlining interest in the fellowship.
  3. Personal statement of no more than1,000 words addressing the candidate’s passion for a career in impactful research on mental health in LMICs, or how the candidate demonstrates commitment to the issues and countries where they plan to carry out future work.
  4. Writing samples or publication examples (no more than three total)
  5. Names and contact information for three references.
  6. Confirmation of completion of an MD with a research thesis degree or award of a PhD by December 01, 2023. ​

Submit items as one consolidated PDF document titled “[your last name, first initial] _GMH2024​” by September 30, 2023. 

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