Fostering the growth of a diverse clinical & translational workforce. Program for Faculty Development & Diversity

Program Services

    • PFDD Faculty Fellowships

      The two-year, non-degree Faculty Fellowship Program for Harvard junior faculty is designed to address faculty need for additional support to conduct clinical and/or translational research and to free junior faculty from clinical and teaching demands at a key point in their career development.


      Now Accepting 2015 Applications.

    • Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)

      The VRIP is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers.


      Now Accepting 2015 Applications.

    • Summer Clinical & Translational Research Program (SCTRP)

      The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students' understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research.


      Now Accepting 2015 Applications.

Program Informational Resources

    • Training Directory

      A catalog of information on residencies, fellowships, and other training opportunities available at the Harvard-affiliated academic healthcare centers, compiled by the Harvard Medical School Office of Diversity and Community Partnership.

The Program for Faculty Development and Diversity (PFDD) emphasizes the recruitment and retention of a diverse clinical and translational workforce as a top priority throughout Harvard Catalyst governance, programming, training, and resource allocation.

Specifically, the program:

  • Supports institutional efforts to increase diversity among Harvard faculty and trainees, through annual Faculty Development and Career Development Programs which include lectures and workshops aimed at addressing key career development issues. Topics span: Federal Funding opportunities, Presentation / Communication Skills, Getting it Right in Primetime: Improving Your Media Interaction Skills
  • Offers education, mentoring and community-building events aimed at improving the promotion and retention rates among diverse faculty who are conducting clinical and translational research, and
  • Improves the cultural competence of all Harvard faculty.

The PFDD collaborates with faculty development and diversity offices at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated academic healthcare centers, and is a member of the Consortium of Harvard Affiliated Offices for Faculty Development and Diversity (CHADD).

  • Co-Sponsors the New England Science Symposium (NESS) promotes careers in biomedical science. NESS, offered annually since 2002, provides a national competitive forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental, and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian / Alaska Native individuals) involved in biomedical or health-related scientific research, to present their research projects through oral or poster presentations.

VRIP and SCTRP featured in a White House education blog.

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