Julius B. Richmond Fellowship

Among the core goals of the Center on the Developing Child is the creation of a new generation of leaders who are prepared to think differently, work differently, and drive innovation in research, policy, and practice to improve the well-being of vulnerable children. Each year, the Julius B. Richmond Fellowship program brings to the Center a small cohort of doctoral students from across the university to foster their interdisciplinary thinking, build skills in communication and knowledge translation for the non-scientific public, and be part of a community driven by the belief in the power of science—both biological and social—to catalyze fresh thinking about what can be done to reduce disparities in child health and development.

Including the awardees for the 2015–16 academic year, a total of 34 fellows have been named since the program’s inaugural year in 2007–08.

About the Fellowship & Application Requirements

The Julius B. Richmond Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that supports the dissertation research of Harvard University doctoral students whose independent research aligns with the mission of the Center. It provides a $10,000 stipend and a series of thematic and skill-building workshops to help students grow both intellectually and professionally. Award decisions are made in March, and the fellowship begins in September. All Harvard University doctoral students from the biological and social sciences as well as the professional schools are eligible to apply.

During the fellowship, students create a work plan for the year, attend thematic and skill-building workshops, deliver a seminar presentation, and attend Center-sponsored events. Each Richmond Fellow is asked to identify a faculty mentor, whose responsibilities include providing input on the fellowship year work plan, attending the fellow’s seminar, and helping to identify an interdisciplinary group of faculty from across the university to provide feedback at the fellow’s seminar presentation that augments the mentor’s expertise. In addition, fellows are asked to participate in a set of interdisciplinary conversations related to a current challenge or controversy in the field. There is an expectation that significant progress will be made on the fellow’s research during the year; specific benchmarks will be determined individually with input from the faculty mentor.

Candidates should have excellent academic records and defined research interests related to child health, learning, and behavior. Priority will be given to candidates whose work aligns with the Center’s mission, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and offers promising new thinking as to what could be done differently in policy and practice to support the healthy development of children and their families.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to submit four copies of the Richmond Fellowship application form, a Statement of Interest, curriculum vitae, an official transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a cover letter. Finalists may be invited for an interview. Applications for the 2016–17 fellowship are due on Friday, December 11, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For additional questions, please see our Application FAQs.

  Download the 2016-17 Richmond Fellowship application

Current Fellows

K-AndrewsKathryn G. Andrews is a doctoral student in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Andrews’s research examines how individual, family, and environmental factors impact the risk of adverse birth outcomes, such as low birth weight. She holds a B.A. in English, modified with Public Health Studies from Dartmouth College, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member Günther Fink, associate professor of international health economics in the Department of Global Health and Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

A-BerensAnne E. Berens is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. Berens is interested in developing and implementing tailored assessment tools to measure childhood adversity in low-income countries. She received a B.A. in Human Biology with a Global Health concentration from Stanford University, an M.S. in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health from University College London. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III, the Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, and professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Donaldson-GramlingMaleka Donaldson Gramling is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Donaldson Gramling’s research focuses on how teachers and students respond to student mistakes made during classroom learning. Her work will build on insights from neuroscience and psychology to illuminate the nuanced social workings of young children’s educational environments. She holds an A.B. in Biology from Harvard College and Ed.M. degrees in Human Development and Psychology and Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her mentor will be Tina A. Grotzer, associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

J-SchleiderJessica Schleider is a doctoral student in Clinical Science in the Department of Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is interested in identifying, improving, and disseminating treatments for anxiety and depression in youth. Her research will test whether a single-session intervention teaching incremental theories of personality can strengthen recovery from social stress and prevent the development of internalizing problems in early adolescents. Schleider holds a B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College and an A.M. in Psychology from Harvard University. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member John R. Weisz, professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

About Julius B. Richmond

Julius B. RichmondThe Richmond Fellowship is named for Julius B. Richmond, M.D., who, until his death in 2008, was the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy Emeritus at Harvard Medical School. As a pioneer in public health and early childhood development, Dr. Richmond was the first director of Head Start in the Johnson administration and served as U.S. Surgeon General in the Carter administration, where he was an instrumental public health campaigner against the tobacco industry. Dr. Richmond cherished the fact that the Fellowship was established in his name, and the Center is committed to supporting an annual cohort of promising young scholars as an ongoing testament to honor his enduring legacy.

Read the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health obituary for Dr. Richmond.

Photo of Julius Richmond: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard University News Office

Past Fellows

Learn more about the research interests of previous classes of Julius B. Richmond fellows.

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