The Post-Graduate Fellowship (PGF) is an intensive training program that provides opportunities for self-directed research and interdisciplinary collaboration in health metrics. Strong candidates for this program have graduate-level training in quantitative methodology from one of the following areas: health policy, economics, mathematics, computer science, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services, demography, engineering, physics, medical sciences, or other related fields.
The PGF program combines academic research, education and training, and professional work with progressive, on-the-job training and mentoring from an accomplished group of professors and researchers.
The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare fellows for future positions in academia, national health agencies, international organizations, and foundations:
Enhance skills in conducting in-depth, methodological research on a variety of global health topics with mentoring from faculty and researchers who are the leading minds in their fields.
Advance knowledge of quantitative analytical methodologies and their applications to global health.
Develop understanding of the current global health landscape and its challenges.
Strengthen the ability to design and implement research projects, prepare scientific manuscripts for publication in international journals, and mentor junior researchers.
Build skills in federal and foundation grant proposal development and submission.
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 maximize health improvement? To achieve that end, fellows will work in one or two of the following research areas:
Measuring Health: To better measure global health, IHME researchers generate systematic estimates of demographics, such as mortality and population, and health outcomes, including mortality, causes of death, risk factors, functional health status, and the burden of disease. As part of this work, researchers are improving verbal autopsy methods to gather more accurate data on mortality and causes of death in low-resource settings.
Tracking Performance: To track the performance of societies in addressing health challenges, IHME researchers measure effective intervention coverage and conduct impact evaluations of policies and programs and assess health system performance globally, at the country and regional levels, and in smaller areas, such as US counties. IHME also monitors costs and social determinants and analyzes public and private development assistance for health and how that funding affects health spending by developing countries.
Maximizing Impact: To maximize the impact of health information, IHME researchers estimate the cost effectiveness of health service delivery platforms and interventions and provide guidance about optimal resource allocation. IHME also identifies health care delivery constraints and analyzes equity and fairness in decision-making.
Innovative Measurement Systems: To advance the science of health measurement and evaluation, IHME researchers develop survey instruments and create analytical tools to harness the value of data from national and international health information systems and from locally available sources. IHME also works to improve integrated surveillance systems and devise new computational algorithms.
Post-Graduate Fellows are appointed at IHME for one year beginning in September, with the possibility of renewal for a second year upon mutual agreement. The salary is $50,000 USD. As University of Washington employees, fellows are eligible for an insurance benefits package that includes a choice of several medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, long-term disability, and retirement benefits.
Fellows receive training through on-the-job research, methods workshops, access to University of Washington courses, and on-site lectures and seminars. Fellows contribute directly to IHME’s research agenda through their involvement in research teams, development of new methods, and managing and driving research projects to meet deliverables.
At the beginning of the Post-Graduate Fellowship program, fellows participate in an intensive three-week training camp taught by IHME faculty and staff, designed to familiarize fellows with Institute research projects, statistical packages and methods, and current global health challenges. It is also intended to familiarize fellows with our structure, operations, and the IHME community.
IHME seminars feature senior researchers and policy experts presenting on current issues relating to global health. Seminars are intended to expose IHME researchers to a plethora of innovative research projects and the diversity of challenges in global health.
Breakfast Club seminars are intended for IHME’s internal research staff to present developing work and receive feedback from their colleagues. The seminars are designed to help researchers advance their work, consider different viewpoints, research strategies, and learn more about different research teams’ projects.
To support the fellows’ professional and developmental growth, IHME sponsors training workshops once per quarter to further the cohorts’ expertise in quantitative analytical techniques and tools.
Fellows are supervised and mentored by faculty and researchers who provide direct guidance in academic and professional development. Supervision/mentorship facilitates the fellows’ ongoing learning and development as a professional, individual, and global health researcher while advancing the IHME research agenda.
Fellows are encouraged to take classes at the University of Washington as part of their education and training as global health researchers.
Each week, PGFs and a faculty facilitator meet to discuss and evaluate a peer-reviewed article concerning a current global health issue. A PGF leads a discussion on the article’s quantitative methods, research design, and broader implications.
Eligibility and application information
In order to be considered for a Post-Graduate Fellowship, candidates must have the following:
PhD or MD.
Strong quantitative background.
Advanced research experience, especially with data analysis and statistical methods.
Applications are due on November 1. Candidate selection includes phone interviews and in-person interviews held at IHME. Admissions decisions are made by the end of February for fellows that will join IHME the following fall.
Applications for the IHME Post-Graduate Fellowship include:
1. A cover letter that includes:
Your full contact information (address, phone number, and email).
The name, affiliation, and full contact information of three references.
Which of IHME’s research areas you are most interested in.
How you learned about the program.
2. Your curriculum vitae or resume.
3. A personal statement describing your interest in IHME and your professional and academic interests and objectives. Personal statements should be between 750 and 1,000 words.
4. Three letters of recommendation.
5. The educational transcript from your highest degree attained. If your transcripts are not in English, please also provide a listing of all coursework with grade and credit hour information.
6. An English reprint of your most significant publication or research paper.
7. Proof of proficiency in English for candidates whose native language is not English. Candidates who have completed a degree wholly in English can provide a copy of their degree. All other candidates should send a copy of their scores on an approved English language test, specifically:
The Princeton Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): For the paper-based test, minimum overall score of 600, including a minimum score of 5.0 in the test of written English; for the computer-based test, minimum overall score of 250, including a minimum score of 5.0 in the test of written English; for the Internet-based test, a minimum overall score of 100, including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English.
The British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum score of 7.0 overall, including a minimum score of 7.0 in the written component.
How to submit your application
We encourage applicants to apply online. If you are unable to do so, please mail your application to the address below.
The Post-Graduate Fellowship is open to national and international candidates that have received their PhD or MD/ equivalent degree.
Is English proficiency required to apply for the program?
Yes. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (or equivalent) scores or have a degree from an institution that uses English as the instructional language.
What research experience and educational background are required to apply to the Post-Graduate Fellowship?
We accept applications from candidates in all fields who have quantitative or analytical backgrounds and experience in research methods and models. Candidates must have a sincere desire to work in health metrics.
Is it required that I complete my degree before entering the Post-Graduate Fellowship?
Yes. Before you begin the PGF program, you must show proof that you have acquired your MD or PhD. If candidates selected for the PGF program have not completed their degrees by the start of their cohort, the offer will be rescinded.
Can I re-apply for the Post-Graduate Fellowship program?
You may reapply if your application has been rejected. However, the number of applications to the program has been increasing over time, so we anticipate that the program will only become more competitive. If you wish to reactivate your application, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are late applications accepted?
No. Those who submit an application after the deadline can request that the application be reactivated for the following cohort by contacting: email@example.com.
How many Post-Graduate Fellows are hired for each cohort?
The number of Fellows hired for each cohort varies depending on funding as well as the research and project needs of IHME. To see previous cohorts, please visit our Post-Graduate Fellows profiles page.
Do you accept letters of recommendation by email?
Yes. Please submit your letters of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you accept official transcripts electronically?
No. To complete your application, IHME must receive official transcripts by mail in sealed envelopes.
When do Fellows start at IHME?
The Post-Graduate Fellowship currently has one cohort per year beginning in September.
Is it possible to shorten the length of the Post-Graduate Fellowship program?
No. The minimum time commitment for the Post-Graduate Fellowship program is one year.
Will it be required to relocate to Seattle?
Yes. All research is done on site at IHME, and we require all staff to work full time at our offices in Seattle.
Are Fellows provided a relocation stipend?
No. IHME does not provide relocation stipends.
What type of visa do you offer for international Fellows?
IHME offers a J-1 visa for Post-Graduate Fellows who are non-US citizens. To learn about the J-1 visa parameters, please visit the US Department of State visa page.
IHME will facilitate the visa process from the US side, and incoming Fellows will be responsible for visiting a US consulate and completing the visa process. IHME will reimburse you for the SEVIS fee when you are in Seattle.
What is the salary and benefit package offered to PGFs?
Post-Graduate Fellows earn an annual salary of $50,000 US dollars and are eligible for medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, long-term disability, and retirement benefits. To learn about the different types of insurance packages Fellows can choose, please visit the University of Washington's benefits page.
What types of projects do PGFs work on, and how are they assigned?
PGFs are assigned to one or two ongoing projects at IHME according to their skills and background and the needs of the projects. To learn about ongoing research projects, please visit our Research Areas page.
What kinds of work are PGFs assigned?
Work assignments vary across project. Typically, PGFs work on multiple aspects of their assigned project, performing everything from literature searches to data analysis to the development of new statistical and analytical methods. PGFs also are expected to take on leadership roles in their projects by driving the research agenda.
Are there other positions at IHME for MDs or PhDs other than the Post-Graduate Fellowship?
Yes. We recruit Research Scientists and new Faculty members at times. Please see our listing of current job opportunities on our Jobs page.