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Visiting Scholars in Health Humanities

Due to the current pandemic, the Center for Health Humanities will pause the acceptance of applications. If you are interested in our fellowship, please email to stay updated on the status of our program.


The Center for Health Humanities at MCPHS invites applications from scholars interested in spending one to five weeks in residence at our Boston campus. International applicants who need J-1 visas must spend at least 3 weeks as our Visiting Scholar.

We seek researchers working in health humanities (broadly understood) who could benefit from time in a highly interdisciplinary environment located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, a city rich with academic, cultural, and historical resources. We plan to select at least two Visiting Scholars for the Spring 2020 semester and more for the following academic year. Timing for visits is flexible, but the majority of the period should overlap with our Spring 2020 semester, or with our Fall or Spring semesters in later years.

Visiting scholars will receive a stipend of $1,000 per week. They will have office space, internet and printer access, and access to library resources.

Visiting scholars will be expected to spend time working on the MCPHS campus in Boston during their time in residence. They will give at least one public lecture. They will also contribute to the work of the Center in informal ways, such as classroom visits, or work in progress sessions.

These positions are open to both junior and senior scholars (with or without institutional affiliation). Applicants should have a record of achievement in a humanities, social science, or creative discipline appropriate to their career stage. Independent scholars and artists may also apply. Doctoral candidates in the late stages of completing dissertations will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Applicants should have a project in progress or in development that addresses one or more aspects of health, illness, or medicine, or education in the health professions, from a humanistic, humanities, or arts perspective.

We encourage applications from international applicants and those whose work connects with the interests of our Health Humanities faculty members.


The online application must include: a letter of interest explaining how you could contribute to the work of the Center; preferred dates for your intended visit; any alternative dates when a visit would be possible; a one-page description of the project you propose to work on during the period as Visiting Scholar; a CV; a relevant work sample; and the names and e-mail addresses of two colleagues whom we may contact if we have questions about your work.

Applications to visit during the Spring 2020 semester are currently open and we will consider applications until February 1st, 2020. For Fall semester residencies, we will begin accepting applications from April 15th to June 15th 2020. However, funding might be available for applicants on a rolling basis after the deadlines. Please contact us to see if we can accommodate your application. Final decision for appointment as a Visiting Researcher is contingent on visa approval and background checks.

Visiting Scholars Application
MCPHS Center for Health Humanities Members
MCPHS Academic Calendar

For inquiries and further information, please contact the Center Director, Dien Ho, at