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

Program Services

    • PFDDI 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.

    • Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)

      The Visiting Research Internship Program (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. The 2017 Harvard Catalyst VRIP application process is now closed.

    • 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. The 2017 Harvard Catalyst SCTRP application process is now closed.

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 for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership.

The Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion (PFDDI) 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 PFDDI collaborates with Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion 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 Inclusion (CHADD).

Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP)'s mission is to advance diversity inclusion in health, biomedical, behavioral, and STEM fields that build individual and institutional capacity to achieve excellence, foster innovation, and ensure equity in health locally, nationally, and globally.

  • PFDDI/DICP Collaboration: Special Session - 2017 Leadership Forum: "Advancing the Health Agenda for Disparity Populations: This is Your Time" by Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • 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.

Read the most recent HMS article featuring the VRIP 2017 program, last year's HMS article featuring the VRIP 2016 program, or the HMS article featuring the SCTRP 2015 program.

I am Harvard Catalyst: Camilia Martin

The Path to Independent Investigator: A neonatologist uses innovative tools and services to build a robust repository and accelerate her career.