Transdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Preterm Birth

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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. Our inaugural cohort of six fellows started in July 2015 and brings 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.

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. Read more about our fellows.


Program Components

The core components of the two-year program are designed to meet the needs of each fellow:

  • 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 also responsible for organizing a Collaboratory during each year of their fellowship.



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:

  • Residency or sub-specialty training in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medicine, and/or Preventative Medicine

  • Nursing degree with completed doctoral training (e.g., PhD, DNP)

  • Biomedical, and/or Social Science PhD (e.g., Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Health Economics, Health Communications, Anthropology, etc.)

  • Doctorate of Public Health (e.g., DrPH)


Application Procedure

PTBi aims to admit 2-3 qualified candidates for each fellowship cycle, occurring every other year. Admissions for the 2019 cohort will open in Summer 2018. Applications are generally due mid-August, with interviews scheduled for October and notification of final decisions no later than December. Please submit the Fellowship application materials listed below as a single PDF to

  • Current CV or NIH-style biosketch

  • 1-page personal statement

  • 2-page research concept focused on decreasing the burden of preterm birth, including brief specific aims, significance, innovation and proposed approach

  • ½ page stipulating which advanced academic training program or educational courses you would pursue as part of the fellowship

  • Copy of medical, nursing or other clinical degree (if applicable)

  • A recent writing sample

  • Proof of citizenship or residency (US) or Visa status to work in the US for non-US citizens/residents

  • Three letters of reference (sent separately)