• Curriculum Vitae

    • Must include a complete list of all publications for which you are an author or co-author.​

    • CV may utilize any format or template; however, the Harvard Medical School template is recommended.  The HMS CV guidelines can be found here.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    • Two letters of professional recommendation are required; up to three letters will be accepted. ​Letters should be written on official letterhead and contain signatures.

    • Letters should be submitted by email from the reference's institutional/ organizational email account to tops_postdoc@dfci.harvard.edu. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt.

  • Statement 1 (of 2)

    • Must be one page in length.

    • Must describe your career journey so far.

    • Statement should be single-spaced, 1-inch margins all around, 11-point Arial font.

  • Statement 2 (of 2)

    • Must be one page in length.

    • Must describe your research interests, career goals, and why/how the TOPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will help you achieve those goals.

    • Statement should be single-spaced, 1-inch margins all around, 11-point Arial font.

  • TOPS Application Form

    • Download the TOPS Application Form here, fill it out, and submit it with the rest of your application (see below).

    • If you are having trouble downloading the application form, please email tops_postdoc@dfci.harvard.edu for help.

Eligibility Requirements

Application Checklist

  • The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence ("green card") at the time of appointment.

  • Applicants must have an MD, PhD, ScD, and/or DO in order to be eligible to apply for this postdoctoral program.

  • PhDs/ScDs may be in non-clinical fields (such as engineering or informatics), clinical fields (such as nursing or psychology), or social sciences (such as health policy, biostatistics, epidemiology, or economics).

  • MD/DO physician researchers must have completed clinical training in a field relevant to cancer prevention and control.  Prior exposure to clinical research is not required.

  • Candidates may not be current or former principal investigators on any NIH research projects (R01/R21) , FIRST Awards (R29), subprojects of program project (P01), center grants (P50), or equivalent.

  • In most cases, this is a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship, but may be shorter.

  • The TOPS Fellowship focuses exclusively on T3/T4, population sciences, and health services research; learn more here.

  • TOPS Fellows will receive a stipend, tuition for coursework, a travel allowance, and a budget for research-related expenses.

  • TOPS Fellows are required to participate in all 3 components of the program: (1) Mentored research experience, (2) Didactic learning and coursework, including the HSPH's Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness, and (3) Professional development, including participating in the TOPS seminar series.


  • Upload a single PDF of your complete application (Application Form, CV, Statement 1, and Statement 2). 

  • Your application must be received no later than 5:00pm EST (USA) on Monday, February 1, 2021, in order to be considered.

  • Ask your 2 (or 3) professional references to each email his/her letter of recommendation to tops_postdoc@dfci.harvard.edu. Both letters must be received no later than 5:00pm EST (USA) on Monday, February 1, 2021.

How to Submit Your Application


Application Process

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Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), Boston, MA

TOPS T32 funded by the National Cancer Institute

Email: tops_postdoc@dfci.harvard.edu

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