Call for Applications: 2014-2015 Petrie-Flom Student Fellowship





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 all Harvard graduate students who are committed to undertaking a significant research project and fulfilling other program requirements without exception during the year of their fellowship: 

Writing Requirement. Student fellows will conduct independent research projects designed to lead to publishable articles in their fields.  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.

Blogging Requirement.  Student fellows will be expected to post here on the Petrie-Flom Center’s blog, “Bill of Health,” at least once every other week during the Fall and Spring semesters and once during 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 700-800 words.

Curricular Component. Student fellows are required to enroll in the Health Law Policy and Bioethics Workshop at HLS.  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 2014-2015 is scheduled to take place on selected Mondays across the Fall and Spring semesters from 5-7pm; exact dates are not yet determined. 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, 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 19, 2014. Notifications of awards will be made by mid-summer for fellowships to begin in Fall 2014.

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 2013 semester.)

For further questions, please contact Cristine Hutchison-Jones, Administrative Director,; 617-495-2316.

The Petrie-Flom Center Staff

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