HPHR Fellows

HPHR Fellowship 2021

Mission & Vision

The mission of HPHR‘s Fellowship program is to: 


  • Broaden the table of thought leadership in public health
  • Advance collective impact that for health equity and public health advocacy
  • Diversify and democratize academic publication and expression


It is guided by an overall vision to provide a platform, training, and support network for the next generation of public health thought leaders and public scholars to explore and grow their voice

How to Apply

Applications cycles are seasonal. Applications for the Winter Fellows 2021-22 Cohort will open in November 2021.


Applicants submit the following: 

  • Short questionnaire
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Sample blog post Proposed content calendar
  • Short video personal statement
  • Sample video
  • Visual promotions

: Previously published writing and promotion developed or published elsewhere are permitted. Coauthors or collaborators involved in the creation of sample posts/promotions must be acknowledged and their contribution clearly delineated.

If you have trouble with uploading your files during thea application, please email them to HarvardPHR@gmail.com.

Only files submitted by the deadline are considered. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

After submission close: 


  • Top candidates (selected by a panel of HPHR members) will be invited for a short interview.


  • 10-15 Fellows will be announced approximately two weeks later.  

For More Information

A recording of the Fellowship Info Session held in November 2021. 


What is the HPHR Fellowship?

The fellowship offers the following:

  • A free professional development training program on publishing, content creation, promotions, and positionality
  • A 4 month platform to amplify your interests in public health on the HPHR website, with the support of a community of like-minded public health practitioners
  • A certificate of completion for Fellows who fulfill the minimum program requirements
  • Additional opportunities to participate in HPHR activities, additional trainings, and leadership

What will Fellows gain from the Fellowship?

Participants will gain: 


  • Technical skills in content creation and promotion
  • Enhanced confidence as a thought leader and public health expert
  • A community of public health creators and advocates
  • Graduates participate in a special online ceremony honoring their acehivements. 

Why publish in HPHR?

  • HPHR has a significant audience across geography, age, and gender
  • Since 2021, there has been a 32,000%+ increase in social media engagement and HPHR online receives 47,135+ unique visits per month. The announcement for volume 26 reached 198000+ people in 24 countries.

What do Fellows need to complete in order to graduate?

At a minimum, Fellows need to:


  • Publish 2 posts for each of the 4 months of the Fellowship
  • attend all mandatory trainings either synchronously or through reacting to the recordings asynchronously
  • Participate in one of the HPHR meetings each month in order to qualify for the certificate of completion. Fellows are welcome and encouraged to produce more than 2 posts per month.

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone working towards or have earned a BA, BS, MPH, MS, MA, DrPH, PhD or have significant work experience
  • We do expect applicants to already have strong writing skills, suitable for a non-scientific audience

What are we looking for in a strong candidate?

A combination of:


  • Solid understanding of public health and use of evidence
  • Unique point of view that enriches discourse of public health issues
  • Ability to produce robust and high-quality blogs or vlogs
  • Technical skills in managing your own WordPress posts and social media promotions – or willingness to learn
  • Strong motivation to complete the Fellowship and time management skills
  • Alignment with HPHR’s mission and vision

What do we mean by “public health”? What types of topics/content would be included?

  • HPHR takes a broad approach to public health; anything that is related to the health of more than the individual can apply. Preference will be given to topics related to health equity or that are overlooked in the mainstream of public health. Please visit HPHR.org’s Blogs section for a sense of the range of topics Fellows have explored.

Who is the target audience for Fellows' posts?

  • Each Fellow may have a different target audience, based on their specific perspective and interest in public health. Fellows are free to write to the audience best suited for their content.

Are the sample content calendar and promotions submitted by applicants the final version they will use for their actual blogs/vlogs/podcasts?

  • Fellows have the freedom to tweak their content based on feedback from senior Fellowship staff and the trainings from guest experts. However, we expect Fellows to keep to the spirit of the themes they propose in their application.

How competitive is the selection process for the Fellowship?

  • For the inaugural cohort, 27% of applicants were selected to be Fellows.

How many Fellows will be selected?

  • For the Fall 2021 cohort, 10-15 Fellows will be selected.

How will HPHR consider diversity in its selection of Fellows?

  • The HPHR Fellowship Reviewers will strive to balance diversity of focus area within public health, diversity of region, and diversity of lived experience. We will look at each applicant as a whole and what they would gain from this experience and what they would bring to the experience to create a balanced cohort who are excited to maximize this opportunity.

What if I am not selected for this cohort?

There will be 3 cohorts of the HPHR Fellowship each year; please consider (re-)submitting your application for the next cohort.

What additional opportunities exist after the Fellowship?

  • Top ~5 Fellows with the most consistently high-quality content, with significant audience engagement, will be asked to stay on as HPHR Columnists to continue to produce content
  • Stay engaged with HPHR publishing activities
  • Participate in – or lead – HPHR special initiatives
  • Support the next Fellowship cohort
  • Publish with HPHR
  • Participate in training to support Fellows in creating their own websites and blogs