Petrie-Flom Student Fellowship Applications Due in One Week!

[Note: This Student Fellowship program is different from the Petrie-Flom Center Academic Fellowship, applications for which will open again in the Fall.]

The Center and Student Fellowship.  The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the scholarly research of important issues at the intersection of law and health policy, including issues of health care financing and market regulation, biotechnology and intellectual property, biomedical research, and bioethics. The Student Fellowship Program is designed to support student research in these areas.  For more information on our current fellows and their work, see our website. 

Eligibility. The student fellowship program is open to Harvard Law School students and students in other Harvard graduate programs who are committed to undertaking a significant research project during the year of their fellowship. 

Keep reading for additional information on fellowship requirements and applications…

Writing Requirement. Student fellows will conduct independent research projects designed to lead to publishable articles.  Fellows are expected to produce at least one such paper by the end of the academic year. Papers written in connection with the fellowship can be used to satisfy the 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.

Blogging Requirement.  Student fellows will be expected to post regularly on the Petrie-Flom’s blog, “Bill of Health” (, once every other week during the Fall and Spring semesters, with one post required during Winter term, and four skips available for the year. Topics are self-determined; posts are subject to final approval by the Petrie-Flom Center, and are usually 700-800 words.  More frequent postings are acceptable and welcome.

Curricular Component. Student fellows are required to enroll in the Health Law Policy and Bioethics Workshop.  The workshop is intended to provide student fellows with opportunities to interact with leading scholars and academic fellows 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 for 2013-14 is scheduled to take place on selected Mondays across the Fall and Spring semesters from 5-7pm. Fellowship awardees will have priority enrollment.

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

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

Application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 9AM, Monday, May 20, 2013. Notifications of awards will be made by mid-summer for fellowships to begin in Fall 2013.

To apply, email the following to

1. Your curriculum vitae;

2. A proposal summarizing the research and writing you intend to accomplish (1500 word maximum); and

3. A digital copy of your most current transcript (which need not be official, but should include grades through the Fall 2012 semester.)

For further questions, please contact: Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center;; 617-384-5475; 23 Everett St., Room 322

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