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The Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship aims to train leaders to promote universal access to global surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care through research, policy development, advocacy, and capacity building. Fellows will develop academic, research, and administrative skills in global surgery, public health, and surgical systems development. Throughout the course of the Fellowship, there will be a focus on developing a skill set necessary to promote the role of surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics and gynecology in health systems strengthening and universal health coverage.


The Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship consists of two separate tracks: Research Fellow and Research Collaborator. Learn more about each track below. 


- Fellowship Application Opens: June 28th, 2024

- Fellowship Application Deadline: August 1st, 2024

- Fellowship Start: July 2024

Applications for each position can be accessed below. Please send all completed application materials to:


This is a two-year position for those who have graduated from medical school and who are currently working as residents, registrars (or international equivalent), and who wish to take time off during their training to conduct research pertinent to global surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics and gynecology care as well as advocate for said research, education, and policy development in the field of global surgery in resource-poor settings around the world.

Interested fellows may also pursue a Master of Public Health degree during their fellowship, but this option is not compulsory.  Please note that the MPH is a separate application through the Harvard School of Public Health. Tuition and fees associated with the MPH program will be the responsibility of the Fellow.
For those interested in applying, please note that the Research Fellowship is open to obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesia, and all surgical subspecialties. If you have any questions or concerns about eligibility, please contact



This is a one-year position for students currently enrolled in a health-related graduate degree such as an MD (or international equivalent) who wish to take time off to further develop their interest in global surgical care.


The Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellowship is an unfunded position. We strongly encourage you to apply for funding early in the application cycle.


If selected, you will be asked to demonstrate access to funds, which is a requirement set forth by Harvard University within the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. These funds will be used for:


  • Living expenses (food, housing, etc) in Boston

  • For J1 Visa Holders, this is a requirement for the visa.


Please refer to the HMS Postdoc Office website for the specific amounts. This funding amount will differ for each position. Here are some links that further explain the details:



Evidence of Funding

  • All documentation should be on official stationery and signed

  • All should include funding amounts and effective dates

  • Individuals may use multiple sources of funding


Acceptable Forms of Documentation: 

  1. Grant and/or scholarship award letters

  2. Letter confirming part-time employment

  3. A family member who lives in the US can sponsor (provide letter and bank statement)

  4. Personal bank statement (quarterly updates will be required)

  5. Loan approval confirmation letter

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