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Ragon Early Independence Fellows Program - Basic Science and Clinician-Scientist Tracks

Rolling deadline through January 31, 2021

The Ragon Early Independence Fellows Program provides a unique career development pathway for exceptional scientists and clinician-scientists who have recently completed graduate training.

The newly created Ragon Early Independence Fellows Program seeks applications from talented PhD, MD, and MD/PhD candidates who have recently completed their graduate training and are pursuing any area of biology that synergizes with the mission of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. The Institute is a highly collaborative, diverse, interdisciplinary, mission-driven research institute and community that bridges the best in biomedical and clinical science to harness the immune system to prevent and cure human diseases. We provide state-of-the-art research facilitates in Kendall Square, at the heart of the MGH, MIT, and Harvard communities, and are deeply committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable environment that values all aspects of diversity and celebrates individual differences. 

The Fellowship will support, train, and elevate creative, talented, and collaborative scientists for up to five years. It includes a generous start-up package with salary support, fringe benefits, dedicated laboratory and office space, research support, administrative support, and access to state of the art core facilities including advanced flow cytometry, microscopy, BSL-3 facilities, and an extensive clinical specimen repository. Clinician-scientists will have the opportunity to be part of leading academic clinical divisions. Fellows will be treated as faculty and are eligible to apply for additional internal Ragon Institute funds (Strategic Initiatives funds) and are eligible but not required to apply for NIH and other external funding.

A mentorship committee composed of senior faculty from the Ragon Institute as well as MGH, MIT, and Harvard will meet regularly with the Fellow to advise on their research program, trainee mentorship, and long-term research strategy. Fellows will also join the community of Kendall Square Fellows from the Whitehead, Broad, McGovern, and Koch Institutes. 

Applicants with a PhD or MD/PhD and no postdoctoral training, including PhD students in their last year of graduate school, should apply to the Basic Science track. Applicants with an MD or MD/PhD who have who have entered the research portion of their clinical subspecialty training within the past 2 years, with demonstration of excellence within their subspecialty, should apply to the Clinician-Scientist​ track.​

All candidates should demonstrate a record of exceptional achievement in basic or translational research and the potential to develop an outstanding independent research program aligned with the mission of the Ragon Institute. Candidates are sought who have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively and the scholarly qualities required to mentor trainees. Innovative scientists working in translational or basic biomedical research bringing novel approaches from engineering, physical sciences, computation and structural biology, as well as those with unique experience in microbiology, virology or immunology, will be strongly considered. Expertise in the HIV field is not required.

The application should include:

1.   The applicant’s CV

Please include (if applicable) undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, previous internships and research experiences, previous mentorship of other scientists, leadership positions held

2.   Previous Research Summary

This statement (~500 words) should include a summary of previous research and your future research vision. This statement should include a description of how you envision that your research program would synergize with the Ragon Institute’s research mission and culture.

3.   A 2-3 page Research Statement which includes future plans and references.

We realize that writing a research statement to start an independent research position is likely new for many of you. The selection committee would like to see both your big picture vision as well as the projects both short and long term that will aid in achieving that vision. Specifically, you should focus on the projects that you anticipate conducting while a Ragon fellow. 

Here are a few resources for getting started with writing your research statement: mic-job-application.html

4.   Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

Applicants should highlight how they have, are currently, or are planning to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in their academic and research activities.

5.   Three references

Our application system will request letters on your behalf. You do not need to collect them. You just need to provide their name and email address. One of these letters should come from your primary research mentor who can comment on your suitability for starting an independent research position.

Applications open November 23, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis through January 31, 2021. Questions are encouraged and should be submitted to

The above letters must be submitted as confidential files.  For more information on confidential uploads, please see below in the “How to apply” section below.



Applications are accepted online via the Ragon Institute Grant Management Portal.  The system has been designed to allow users to:

  • Create a personal profile, which will auto-populate your future applications
  • View current calls and apply to open opportunities 
  • Save and edit current applications in progress
  • Submit completed applications
  • View all your applications that have been submitted via the Online Grants Management Portal.

Instructions for Applying Online:

  1. Create your account: Log in using your Partners credentials and fill out the profile information. If you do not have Partners credentials, click "Apply" at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions under "New Users." Once you have created Partners log in credentials, you may log in and create your application. All applicants can skip the "Grant Management and Administration" section of the user info.
  2. Complete the application: Once your profile is complete, you will automatically progress through the online application. If you cannot complete the application at one time, “save” the application and return to it at a later time to finish. Before submitting your application, you will have the ability to make changes to the application.
  3. Confidential submission process: The Ragon Institute Grant Management Portal has the means of incorporating confidential files.  For the Ragon Fellows Application, all letters must be submitted confidentially. Do not use the upload option. In the application, check the box labeled “Will be uploaded confidentially.” 
  • To have your recommender upload their letter of recommendation, check the box marked “Will be uploaded confidentially.”  After you have checked "Will be uploaded confidentially" for your recommender, a new field will appear for you to provide the Supervisor's name and email address. Once you "save" or "submit" your application, the supervisor(s) listed will receive an email from the Ragon Institute with a link that will allow him/her/them to upload the letter. If you choose to "save" (and not "submit"), you will have a choice of sending the email requesting the letter from your supervisor(s) immediately or waiting until you are ready to submit the full application. However once your application is "submitted", an email will be sent automatically to the Supervisor(s). 

Please allow time for the supervisor(s) to submit the letters of support by the January 31 deadline. 

Submit your application: Once you have completed the application click on the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Once you submit it, you will not be able to make further changes unless you send a request to the Ragon Institute (note that once the deadline passes, requests to make changes will not be accepted).

Useful tips:

  • To avoid losing your work, remember to save frequently
  • You can only upload PDF documents
  • If you previously created a profile, please ensure your information is current prior to submitting an application.

  Click 'Apply' below to begin the application.