Since 2007, the Center has awarded fellowships to doctoral students in support of their science, education, and policy research and scholarly development. From 2007-2016, 38 doctoral students received Julius B. Richmond Fellowships, in honor of Julius B. Richmond, M.D., who was the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy Emeritus at Harvard Medical School until his death in 2008. 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.
From 2017-2020, the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship program, supported by the Novak Djokovic Foundation, built on that 10-year legacy by integrating a new emphasis on innovation and application of research. Eleven Fellows in three cohorts received Fellowships during this period. Starting in Fall 2020, the Science and Innovation Fellowship at the Center on the Developing Child continues to support doctoral research in alignment with our mission. All Fellows since 2007 have become part of a larger alumni network that continues to stay connected.