The Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Research Training (BIRT) Program is a consortium of leading informatics laboratories at Harvard. It is supported by a grant from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For United States citizens and permanent residents, this postdoctoral fellowship provides a stipend, tuition, and travel funds. Selected fellows are provided with many opportunities for training, research, interaction, and collaboration.  All fellows also pursue the two-year part-time Harvard Medical School Master of Biomedical Informatics degree.  

To apply for a BIRT fellowship, candidates submit an application to the MBI program. No additional materials are required. Applicants for the BIRT program should request an application fee waiver. Please contact to request a fee waiver. 

Applying for Fall 2021 - Early Decision Option

Applicants who wish to be considered for the BIRT fellowship program and who meet the prerequisite requirements (hold a doctoral-level degree and are a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident) have the option to submit their application for an early decision of their admission to the Accelerated MBI program. 

Early Decision Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020 - This deadline has passed. Applications for the February 5, 2021 deadline are still being accepted. 

BIRT fellowship applicants are still able to apply for the regular decision deadline of February 5, 2021, if they are not able to submit a complete application by the early decision deadline.