Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Associate

Program Overview


The PGSSC was founded in 2010 in response to the lack of surgery in global health. In 2015, The Lancet Commission for Global Surgery drew global attention to the urgent need for development in providing safe and timely access to surgical care. This led to significant expansion within this field, establishing a global network of partnerships. PGSSC has since evolved from clinical fellowships to fellowships focused on research and policy, always striving to respond to the current needs in the growing field of global surgery.


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


  • Students currently in a health-related graduate degree, such as an MD (or international equivalent)  

  • 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 or attached to your application materials).  

  • Curriculum Vitae, including prior global health work, leadership positions and volunteer experiences. In addition, please list any international work experiences.  

  • A Personal Statement (should be limited to 700 words). This statement should attempt to address some or all of the following components:

    • Your commitment and motivation to the field of global surgery.

    • Your understanding the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change and the work we engage in.

    • ​​How you might benefit from this fellowship and how it aligns with your career goals.

    • To share your background or experiences that have shaped your perspectives and perspective interest in global surgery and how this will contribute to the work of the PGSSC.

  • An Equity Statement (should be limited to 150 words).

    • Provide a brief statement that explains your understanding of social change and equity, and its place in global health and surgery.

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