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. 

Offers to join the BIRT fellowship program are contingent on available program funding from the National Library of Medicine. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of application.
  • Hold a doctoral-level degree (MD, PhD, MBBS, DMD, DVM, etc.) by the time of program matriculation. 

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.

Applying for Fall 2022

The early decision application deadline for BIRT-eligible applicants for Fall 2022 is November 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. The main application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 

Applicants for the BIRT program should request an application fee waiver. Please contact mbi@hms.harvard.edu to request a fee waiver.