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.

We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in health-related sciences (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantageous backgrounds. 

Harvard Medical School’s Diversity Statement can be found here.

Harvard’s resources on racial and social justice can be found here.

Applicants for the BIRT program should request an application fee waiver. Please contact to request a fee waiver. 

Applying for Fall 2021

The application deadline for Fall 2021 start has passed. Please check back here over the summer for details about Fall 2022 applications.