“When I think about the PBF program, three things stand out to me - the people I work with, the skills I gain, and the impact I make.”
- Anthony Bui, Post-Bachelor Fellow
The Post-Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) is a structured health research program where individuals can apply their knowledge and passion to help advance the field of health metrics and accelerate global health progress. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates with strong quantitative skills to train with faculty and senior researchers on a variety of public health projects.
The PBF program combines academic research, education, and professional work with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from a renowned group of professors and researchers. Through research, training workshops, coursework, and field experience in developing countries, the program aims to produce the next generation of scholars and leaders in global health measurement and evaluation.
The purpose of the fellowship is to:
Cultivate capacity of young professionals to perform high-level independent research that is rigorous, creative, and innovative.
Advance aptitude in developing and applying sophisticated analytical methods for health research.
Develop understanding of the current global health landscape and its challenges.
Provide a mentoring and ongoing learning environment.
Prepare fellows for future positions in a wide variety of careers in organizations that include academic institutions, national health agencies, international organizations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses.
IHME fellows work to support the Institute’s core research to answer these three critical questions: What are the major health problems? How well is society addressing these problems? How do we best dedicate resources to get the maximum impact in improving population health in the future? To achieve that end, fellows will work in one or two of the following research areas.
The PBF program requires a minimum two-year commitment, commencing with training and orientation in early September. Fellows are eligible to apply for a fully-funded Master of Public Health in Health Metrics and Evaluation during the first year of the fellowship.
Fellows receive the following salary:
First-year fellow: $40,008
Second-year fellow: $44,004
Third-year fellow: $45,324
Fellows are eligible for an insurance benefits package that includes a choice of several medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance. There is no retirement package included with this appointment.
The Post-Bachelor Fellowship is a combination of an academic program, a health research opportunity, and a professional position. The Post-Bachelor Fellowship program is composed of two structural elements: Research and Education and Training activities.
This structure is designed to provide robust and meaningful on-the-job training, cultivate fellows’ knowledge and skills in health research, and advance IHME’s research through the fellows’ critical efforts. Incorporated throughout the Fellowship is a strong support mechanism of Mentorship.
These elements constitute a cogent structural design with clearly defined objectives that work together to achieve both the education and training of Post-Bachelor Fellows and broader milestones for IHME.
Education and Training Activities
HME track seminar
Health Metrics and Evaluation track seminar is a weekly opportunity for fellows to gather and discuss a current article about an issue in global health.
IHME seminar is a weekly lecture series that fellows attend, featuring researchers and academics from around the world who work in global health.
IHME Fellows Training Camp
IHME Fellows Training Camp is an intensive two- to three-week course for new fellows that occurs at the beginning of the program. IHME Fellows Training Camp introduces fellows to the analytical methodologies, quantitative concepts, and measurement tools that can be applied to current global health challenges.
Lunch Club seminar
Lunch Club seminar is a weekly event where faculty, fellows, and researchers at IHME discuss works in progress and receive feedback from the larger IHME research community.
Post-Bachelor Fellows attend graduate-level classes at the University of Washington in academic areas such as global health, biostatistics, epidemiology, statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, and health services.
Methods Training Workshops
Methods training workshops provide fellows with in-depth instruction on specific analytical research methods, programming and coding practices, or emerging issues in global health.
Research abroad is a 6-week experience in which fellows live and work in a resource-poor setting where research is being undertaken. The Research Abroad experience introduces fellows to actual data collection and challenges of conducting research in the field.
Mentors provide continuous coaching and guidance to assist fellows’ professional, personal, and career development and to help unlock their natural ability to perform, learn, and achieve.
Facilitate mentees’ development of the PBF competencies.
Help PBFs become better researchers and practitioners in global health.
Assist PBFs in identifying pathways for success after IHME.
Provide a supportive network and environment for fellows.
Master of Public Health
Post-Bachelor Fellows are eligible to pursue a fully-funded Master of Public Health in Health Metrics and Evaluation through the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. Post-Bachelor Fellows apply to the master’s program in their first year at IHME and matriculate as graduate students in their second year. If fellows pursue the MPH degree, the PBF program is extended to a third year.
Fellows who wish to pursue the MPH degree must seek admission through the Department of Global Health’s MPH program and must meet UW Graduate School requirements. Applicants applying to the Post-Bachelor Fellowship are not required to apply simultaneously to the MPH program.
Bachelor’s degree with no previous graduate training.
Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
High academic potential and a strong interest in pursuing academic or professional careers related to global health.
No background in global health or a related field is required.
United States citizenship or residency.
Resume (two-page limit).
Brief personal statement (500-word maximum) on how your skills, experience, and long-term career goals contribute to your candidacy.
One letter of reference from a professor or professional familiar with your coursework or research.
Official copy of academic transcript.
Analytical Thinking Exercise:
Applicants to the PBF program will participate in an analytical thinking exercise. The analytical-thinking exercise consists of short answer, multiple choice, and true/false case-based questions that aim to assess your analytical and problem-solving skills. The questions will also give you a better idea of the types of skills and aptitudes that IHME’s Post-Bachelor Fellows need to possess.
About the Analytical Thinking Exercise:
No health or quantitative background is required or expected.
It is not necessary to study or prepare for the exercise.
It is a timed event.
Candidates may take the exercise one time only.
An email with a link to the analytical-thinking exercise and instructions will be sent to each candidate shortly after the deadline date.
All submitted application materials will be reviewed by a team of faculty, senior researchers, and members of the Education and Training Office at IHME. Notifications are made in February to those selected to interview for the program. These candidates interview at IHME in March. Fellowships are awarded by April 11, 2014.
Applications will only be considered once all materials have been received.
Are you looking for applicants with specific majors?
We welcome all majors and backgrounds to the Post-Bachelor Fellowship. Current PBFs hold degrees in a range of subjects including math, English, anthropology, psychology, and statistics.
What qualifications are you looking for?
Overall, we look for individuals who like to work with numbers, have strong quantitative abilities, and sharp analytical minds. We recruit bright, talented, and ambitious students interested in applying their skills and passions to tackle the world’s most critical health issues.
Who is eligible to apply for this program?
The Post-Bachelor Fellowship program is limited to recent college graduates who are eligible to work in the US for a minimum of two years (most often, US citizens or residents). Individuals with graduate training are not eligible to apply.
If you are not a US citizen or resident and hold a medical degree or PhD, you are eligible to apply for our Post-Graduate Fellowship program. To learn more about this program and how to apply, please visit our Post-Graduate Fellowship program page.
Do you accept unofficial transcripts?
We only accept official transcripts sent in sealed envelopes to IHME.
Who should write my letter of recommendation?
We recommend that you submit a letter of recommendation from a university professor who can speak to your talents as a student and the specific scholarly skills that make you qualified for this program. You are welcome to submit a letter by an employer if you feel this person would provide a strong recommendation that specifically refers to your quantitative and analytical skills.
Can I submit more than one letter of recommendation?
We strongly suggest that you only submit one letter of recommendation, as we cannot guarantee the review of additional letters, given the high quantity of applications we receive. If you have multiple individuals who are willing to write you a letter of recommendation, we suggest selecting the person who knows you best and has worked with you most closely.
Do you accept letters of recommendation electronically?
Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically by the writer directly to the online application. When submitting an application to the PBF program through our online application, candidates are required to provide contact information of the individual submitting a letter of reference on their behalf. IHME will contact your recommender via email and provide instructions on how to submit their letter electronically. Only when your application is submitted, will your recommender receive an email request for your letter of reference. To ensure that your recommender is notified of your request before the application deadline, we suggest that you complete the online application, provide your recommender's contact information and “Submit” your application. Your application is editable after you press “Submit” until Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:59PM PST. Your application will be reviewed after the application deadline only and you will be able to freely submit and update your application as necessary until the close of the application window.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline for applications is January 15 each year.
Do you accept late applications?
No. To be considered for the Post-Bachelor Fellowship, we must receive your application before the January 15 deadline. Those who submit an application after the deadline can request that their applications be reactivated for the following cohort by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does the selection process work?
We will notify you if any of your application materials have not been received. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed of IHME faculty and staff. A small number of individuals are invited to IHME to participate in on-site interviews in late February and March. IHME covers travel costs related to the interviews for all candidates invited to this round. Candidates are notified of their status at the end of March.
How many Post-Bachelor Fellows are hired for each cohort?
We hire about 12 people to join each new cohort of Post-Bachelor Fellows. To view the current cohorts, please visit our PBF Profiles page.
When do Fellows start at IHME?
The Post-Bachelor Fellowship begins on the first workday of September each year.
Is it possible to defer my application a year?
No. We do not accept deferrals to this program.
Is it possible to shorten the length of the Post-Bachelor Fellowship?
No. The minimum commitment is two years. Applicants who are also considering pursuing an MD must be able to make a minimum two-year commitment to the PBF program.
What type of salary and benefits are Post-Bachelor Fellows provided?
Post-Bachelor Fellows earn an annual salary of $35,000 US dollars and are eligible for medical, dental, and vision insurance. To learn about the different types of insurance packages fellows can choose, please visit the University of Washington's benefits page.
Please note that Post-Bachelor Fellows are not eligible for retirement packages.
How does the MPH component of the PBF program work?
PBFs are eligible to apply to the Master of Public Health in Health Metrics and Evaluation (HME), offered through the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. It takes a total of three years to complete the PBF program with the MPH degree. Throughout the three years, PBFs work as full-time employees and take courses as part-time students (approximately four to six credits each quarter). IHME provides complete funding for each PBF enrolled in the MPH Program, excluding a few one-time fees that are paid out-of-pocket.
Are PBFs automatically admitted to the Master of Public Health degree program?
No. PBFs must submit an application to the University of Washington Graduate School and meet the graduate student qualifications established by the UW Graduate School and the specific requirements of the Health Metrics and Evaluation track. PBFs compete with all other candidates to the HME track for a limited number of spots every year.
No. Each year, there are a number of PBFs who do not choose to pursue the MPH degree. These PBFs spend their two years working on IHME research projects. As UW employees, all PBFs are eligible to take courses at all UW departments. PBFs who are not enrolled in the MPH program tend to enroll in courses related to their work and future academic and professional interests.
What type of projects do PBFs work on, and how are they assigned?
PBFs are assigned to one or two of IHME’s ongoing projects. To learn about ongoing research projects, please visit our Research Areas page.
PBFs are assigned to projects based on their skills and interest. First-year PBFs are usually assigned one project and may be assigned additional responsibilities in their second or third years in the program. Assignments are made at the end of the PBF training camp, which occurs during the first three weeks of the program.
What type of work are PBFs assigned?
Specific work assignments vary across projects. Typically, PBFs work on all aspects of a research project, including literature searches, data analysis, and assisting in the development of new methods.