Postdoctoral Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship

The Preterm Birth Initiative focuses on strengthening communications, collaboration and capacity building within the maternal and newborn health field, and offers a two-year, non-accredited transdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship focused on prematurity.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Preterm Birth Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellows, November 2017.

This fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity to work with world-class researchers and mentors, develop ideas and partnerships within a collaborative network, present works in progress and final results in domestic and global symposia, and formally build additional research skills. The Fellowship, co-sponsored by the East Africa and California arms of the Preterm Birth Initiative, is open to open to US and non-US citizens.

Our inaugural cohort of six fellows started in July 2015 and brought together discovery and implementation interests that span psychosocial risk factors during pregnancy, quality of care from the provider and patient perspectives, and neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants.




Program Components

  • Salary support, dedicated research, and education funds, annual travel stipend
  • Academic, research and leadership training
  • Career development workshops offered in conjunction with the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • Strong research and career mentorship emphasizing the collaborative, transdisciplinary approach necessary to achieve impact on complex conditions such as prematurity
  • Fellows are responsible for organizing and leading a Collaboratory event during each year of their fellowship.

Meet the Fellows

Read the biographies and featured work of our current and graduated postdoctoral research fellows.

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This fellowship is open to US and non-US citizens. Fellows cannot hold concurrent active faculty positions. Candidates are eligible if they have completed any one of the following:

  • MD with or without residency or sub-specialty training in obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, medicine, and/or preventative medicine
  • Nursing degree with completed doctoral training (e.g., PhD, DNP)
  • Doctoral degree (PhD, ScD) in biomedical or social sciences or public health (DrPH)

Application Procedure

The Preterm Birth Initiative aims to admit 2-3 qualified candidates for each fellowship cycle, occurring every other year.

Admissions for the 2019 cohort are due September 15, with interviews scheduled for November and  December and notification of final decisions no later than January 2019. Read more about the application process here

You may direct questions regarding the fellowship to Nicole Santos at [email protected].