Nesson Fellowship FAQS

Does the fellowship apply to global health projects?

No, it does not. The fellowship is awarded to health care professionals who are interested in local or state community health research or other community clinical care that addresses society’s critical and emerging health care needs and as such, excludes global health initiatives.

Do I need to have a BWH mentor in order to apply?

You do not need to have a mentor in place at the time of your submission. However, if your application is successful, you are required to be mentored by a senior BWH administrator or physician.

What type of projects are you looking for? Are there examples of past fellowship projects?

Projects have varied over the years, but all included a community component. 
Some examples of past projects are:

  • Community health research studying the impact of chronic psychological stress on race and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease, as well as examining the impact of state and national health policy on race and ethnic disparities in health;
  • Examining racial and ethnic disparities in the treatment and clinical outcomes of chronic diseases;
  • Building infrastructure at BWH in community-based participatory research interventions.
At what stage in their careers are award recipients?

On average, awardees have been junior faculty members.

Will I have to complete an interview as part of the application process?

Finalists will be asked to meet with members of the fellowship selection committee, which is composed of senior BWH leadership.

The application states that the award provides up to $90,000 per year for salary support and fringe. Do you require a budget/justification for the amount of salary support requested?

We do not require a budget justification for salary and fringe support as part of the application process. If awarded, we will work with your department administrator to determine salary allocation based on your earnings distribution.

Can the Nesson Fellowship be used to cover other expenses beyond salary and fringe support?

While we expect that the award will be used to cover salary and fringe of the recipient, we recognize that there may be other support/administrative cost that individuals may need to cover during the course of this fellowship. Individuals who wish to apply a portion of the fellowship award to expenses beyond their own salary and fringe are required to submit a budget narrative briefly describing the use of the funds.