Summer Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: December 4, 2020

The Summer Fellowship program provides a rare opportunity for hands-on research experience at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and at its affiliated hospitals for outstanding Italian students in their fourth or fifth (or sixth) year of study for a science or medical degree in Italy.  In addition to two months research experience in a Harvard lab, the program promotes student mobility and provides young scientists with a chance to explore different scientific environments.

At the time of this Call, we anticipate being able to offer the Summer Fellows Program in Boston in the summer of 2021. We will, however, continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adjust the program according to safety guidelines, U.S. and/or Harvard travel bans and exemptions, and any suspension of visa issuance, as the situation evolves.

The Fellows are guided in applying to a particular lab, given an Italian postdoc mentor while at HMS, and provided €2,700 towards living, travel and visa expenses.  The mentoring component is another important benefit inherent in the program; Fellows establish relationships with colleagues that often last beyond the summer they are in the lab.

In addition to research activity, the Fellows are expected to attend weekly Career Development Seminars, where they will meet with Italian scientists and faculty in Boston to discuss education and career choices.  Information on the visa application process and accommodation in Boston will be provided after acceptance into the program.

Other partners in the program, which is under the Patronage of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, are:  Charles River Labs, Collegio Borromeo, Collegio GhislieriCollegio NuovoFriends of the Italian Cultural Center of Boston (FICCB)Fondazione CEUR, Fondazione InvernizziUniversity of Catania, University of Pavia, University of Naples “Federico II”,  Humanitas UniversitySan Raffaele and CIBIO/University of Trento.

New Summer Fellowship 2019