Broad Fellows Program

The Broad Fellows program at the Broad Institute empowers brilliant early-career scientists coming from the mathematical, computational or physical sciences to work at the intersection of biomedical and quantitative science to fearlessly take on some of the most critical challenges of biology's next decade.

The application of quantitative and computational approaches has led to tremendous leaps in the understanding of the molecular machinery of living organisms, as well as an explosion in the availability of analytical tools. Advances in high throughput and platform technologies in biology present an unprecedented challenge in scale, management, and analysis of biological data, while advances in computing are enabling simulations of complex biological processes at multiple levels. The Broad Fellows Program seeks to bridge the gap between what was once purely experimental or purely computational/statistical, allowing fellows to address new areas of research and bring their unique perspectives to solve important biological problems.

Fellows establish independent research programs prior to accepting faculty positions, and develop and/or apply systematic, unbiased and comprehensive strategies – computational or quantitative – to tackle these challenges. 

The Broad Institute provides full support for fellows to establish their own independent research programs. The Fellowship provides laboratory space and covers the fellows' salaries and research expenses, as well as funding for small scientific teams. We anticipate that the fellows' research will ultimately become self-sustaining as it matures and attracts further funding from federal grants or other sources.

Fellows have full access to the Broad Institute’s technology platforms, are mentored by carefully selected Broad Institute members, and are encouraged to leverage the Broad’s collaborative environment by working with faculty, trainees and staff at both the Broad and our partner institutions (MIT, Harvard, and the Harvard teaching hospitals).

Initial fellowship appointments are for three years, with the possibility of an extension of one to two years. Fellows receive Broad appointments and are eligible for full Broad benefits.

Fellows may come from a variety of backgrounds, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering. Candidates who have not yet done extensive research in biology are highly encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates with varied and wide scientific interests, a desire to collaborate with others, and a passion for transforming medicine to accelerate the understanding and treatment of disease – the goal at the heart of the Broad’s mission. A track record of scientific excellence and creativity, along with a strong vision and compelling research direction, are key factors for selection.

Applicants are expected to have completed their doctorate-level studies by January 2017. They may also be currently employed as postdoctoral researchers, but should not be more than three years beyond graduation.

The Broad Institute is especially interested in receiving applications from historically underrepresented candidates, including women and ethnic minorities.

Application format
A complete application should contain the applicant’s CV, including a list of publications, and a four-page description of past accomplishments and proposed research (excluding figures and references), PDF copies of up to three publications and the names of three references. The complete application should be submitted here.

Selection process
A standing committee of scientists from Broad, MIT, and Harvard will review all applications, interview suitable candidates, and make recommendations to the Fellowship director. Candidates who are accepted may start their Fellowships immediately.

The current application period is closed.

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