The HMS Committee on Global Projects and Sites is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the Jeffrey Richardson Fellowship.

The Fellowship, funded through a bequest of William L. Richardson in 1864, is to support continued studies in the U.S. or abroad by a recent graduate of Harvard Medical School.

The Committee seeks proposals from MD, PhD, or Master’s graduates from Harvard Medical School who wish to continue their studies either in the U.S. or abroad or both and can demonstrate a commitment to research or service in resource-poor settings. A single award of $50,000 in total costs will be made in 2021 and may be used to support travel, living costs, and/or educational expenses for a period of up to one year. Applications for a second year of funding will be considered. Priority will be given for recent graduates to continue their ongoing research activities and projects.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Letter of interest (not to exceed two pages) describing their personal commitment to research or service in resource-poor settings
  • Summary (not to exceed three pages) of their proposed course of study, research project, or another academically focused project
  • CV
  • Budget

Applicants should also submit, along with their application materials, three letters of support provided by (1) the research mentor/project supervisor from the host institution or agency, (2) the department chair or other appropriate official from the host institution or agency, and (3) an appropriate official from the host institution or agency to provide written acknowledgment of the host institution/agency’s willingness to support the awardee. If the writer of the letter for (2) and (3) are the same person, then only one letter from the appropriate official is required.

The awardee will be known as the Jeffrey Richardson Fellow and will meet with the HMS Committee both at the start of their Fellowship and at its conclusion to provide the Committee with oral presentations on the status of their project. Each Fellow will also be required to submit a written final report summarizing her/his project at the conclusion of the Fellowship. All research that results in publication shall credit the Jeffrey Richardson Fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals to the Committee by email to The deadline for submission of proposals and support letters is May 3, 2021, with awards to be made no later than June 30, 2021