Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Associate

Program Overview


The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School is dedicated to addressing the burden of surgical disease across the globe through a combination of surgical training, research, and advocacy efforts that focus on the needs of low- and middle-income countries. Current efforts include building surgical and research capacity with our international collaborators in Haiti, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, the Middle East, and several countries in South America. We work closely with Partners in Health and local sister organizations to study and address global surgery needs.


Position Overview


Global Surgery Research Associates will be appointed for a period of one year within the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship program. Graduate Students must be internally motivated, dedicated, possess experience working in multidisciplinary teams, have the capacity to communicate with internal and external collaborators, and be flexible. The Graduate Student will work with surgical residents, fellows and faculty conducting global surgery research, advocacy, and capacity building projects. He or she must be willing to travel internationally to aid in these processes. Learning opportunities include an introduction to global health and global surgery, as well as research and public health experience. There is currently no funding guaranteed for successful applicants.




  • Gain a background in global health and surgery

  • Independently work on research projects

  • Data analysis

  • Work with a multidisciplinary research and advocacy team

  • Carry forward ongoing activities

  • Help to build relationships with collaborators

  • Communicate project expectations and progress to team members and stakeholders in a timely fashion

  • Track project milestones and deliverables  

  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, and presentations

  • Report to project leadership regularly

Position Requirements


  • Currently enrolled in a health-related graduate degree with an interest in global surgical care

  • Completion of at least some clinical clerkships, including surgery, obstetrics, or anesthesiology

  • Interest, and ideally experience, in global health and international service

  • Interest in pursuing a career in surgery, anesthesia or OB/GYN

  • Prior experience with public health, epidemiology and biostatistics is helpful, but not required

  • Familiarity with basic data analysis software (Microsoft Excel, Access)

  • Experience working independently and in a team environment

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to research and troubleshoot project-related issues


Application Information

A completed application consists of the following:


  • A completed Paul Farmer Global Surgery application

  • Two letters of recommendation (these can be sent separately to the PGSSC email below) 

  • Curriculum Vitae, including prior global health work and language skills 

  • A Personal Statement. This statement should describe your prior global health experience and interest in this position. Personal statements should be limited to one single-spaced page

All application materials and questions should be emailed to


If you choose to send your application materials via post, please send to the following address:


641 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

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