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The Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship Program is designed to mentor students seeking to become thought leaders in health law policy and bioethics. The fellowship supports closely-mentored student research in health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics and trains students to take advantage of online publishing to promote their scholarship. Students Fellows will receive mentoring for their projects from Harvard Law affiliated faculty, invitations to workshop their research with like-minded, passionate peers, and training to promote their online brand. For more information on our recent fellows and their work, see our website and check out their writing on the Petrie-Flom Center’s blog, Bill of Health.

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The student fellowship program is open to all Harvard graduate students who will be enrolled at the university during the fellowship year and committed to undertaking a significant research project and fulfilling other program requirements. Although the fellowship is open to all graduate students, including those in one-year programs, we encourage those in multi-year programs to wait until after their first year to apply. Students enrolled in the JD program at Harvard Law School will not be accepted for the fellowship during their 1L year.

All student fellows will have the following responsibilities:

Writing Requirement
Student fellows will conduct independent research projects designed to lead to publishable articles in their fields. Fellowship papers must be single-authored. Fellows are expected to produce at least one such paper by the end of the academic year, with various deadlines for drafts throughout Fall and Spring. Papers written in connection with the fellowship can be used to satisfy the law school’s third-year written work requirement or other optional writing credit by prior arrangement with and final approval of a faculty advisor who has agreed to supervise a fellow’s work for this purpose. For Harvard Law School students: HLS policy prevents us from paying a stipend to students who receive academic credit for their fellowship paper; HLS students who elect to receive academic credit for work completed as part of the fellowship must forego the stipend. Satisfaction of writing requirements or granting credits at other Harvard schools will depend on the policies of each school/program; it is up to the student fellow to manage this process.

Blogging Requirement
Student fellows will be expected to post on the Petrie-Flom Center’s blog, Bill of Health, at least once every other week during the Fall and Spring semesters and Winter term, with four passes available for the full academic year. Topics are self-determined; posts are subject to final approval by the Petrie-Flom Center and are usually 800–1200 words. The Petrie-Flom Center Communications Manager will provide mentorship and training on producing scholarly writing for the internet and training on promoting an online brand.

Curricular Component
Student fellows are required to enroll in the Health Law, Policy, Bioethics, and Biotechnology Workshop at HLS. The workshop is intended to provide student fellows with opportunities to interact with leading scholars in the fields of health law and policy, with the expectation that these interactions will further enhance and inform their research and academic development. The Workshop will meet during the Fall semester (the exact date and time will be available in the HLS course catalog). Fellowship awardees will have priority enrollment.

Presentations and Events
Student fellows will be expected to present their research to Center affiliates during lunch sessions in the Spring semester. Student fellows may be asked to assist with panels and conferences organized by the Center, including organizing and reporting on events for Center publications.

These requirements are non-negotiable. Student fellows must fulfill all requirements in order to remain in the fellowship and receive the stipend.

In addition to close mentorship, the Center will award each fellow a $1,500 stipend, paid at the end of the academic year once all fellowship requirements (including submission of an acceptable paper) are completed. Note that some schools/programs, including Harvard Law School, will not allow students to receive both academic credit and a stipend; in such cases, fellows must choose either academic credit or the stipend.

Fellows may be eligible to request additional funding to cover reasonable costs associated with their research projects (e.g., copying, publications, conference fees, travel).

Please note: Student Fellowship stipends are considered taxable income. Students are responsible for self-reporting stipends to the IRS when they file their taxes. Since this income is self-reported, Harvard Law School will not provide any tax documentation. See the Harvard University Office of the Comptroller’s guidelines for more information.

Harvard Law School students may apply for priority consideration by submitting their fellowship applications by 5 pm on Friday, May 27, 2022. HLS students will receive notice of whether they have been accepted or deferred to the general applicant pool by June 17, 2022. We strongly encourage HLS students to take advantage of priority consideration.

For all Harvard University graduate students, including Law School students who choose to submit after May 27, fellowship applications will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, August 5, 2022. Notifications of awards will be made by August 26, 2022, to enable enrollment in the Workshop.

To apply, email the following to

Your curriculum vitae;
A proposal describing the research and writing project you intend to pursue (1500-word maximum); and
A digital copy of your most current transcript (which need not be official).
The most successful research proposals will describe an idea and novel contribution rather than simply a topic of interest. We recognize that students will be applying from a range of disciplines, which we strongly encourage; thus, we will account for a student’s field and typical standards for work in their discipline when evaluating applications.

For further questions, contact Laura Chong, Financial and Administrative Manager,