Population Council Fellowships

The Population Council has a long history of providing training and mentorship for young professionals in public health, social science, and biomedical research. Fellowships strengthen the capacity of students and professionals around the world to identify, investigate, and address problems in their own countries. The work of Council fellows has shaped population and health policies and programs and contributed to the development of cutting-edge products for contraception and HIV prevention. Notable former Population Council fellows include Philippine “National Scientist” Mercedes B. Concepción, Center of Latin American Demographic Studies director Carmen A. Miró, and former UNFPA executive director Babatunde Osotimehin.


Currently the Council’s biomedical fellowship program provides opportunities for advanced training in biomedical research at the Council’s Center for Biomedical Research in New York City.


The Population Council offers pre- and postdoctoral biomedical fellowships for advanced study in basic and translational reproductive sciences and HIV and AIDS. Fellows train in the laboratories of the Council’s Center for Biomedical Research located on the campus of The Rockefeller University in New York City.

Biomedical fellows are awarded a stipend for expenses associated with the fellowship and health insurance.


Biomedical fellowships are considered and granted on a rolling basis.

Fellowships generally last for one year with the option to renew for additional years at the discretion of the Council and, when applicable, US Department of State exchange visitor program rules. However, both pre- and postdoctoral fellowship appointments may be made for shorter time periods ranging from 1 to 6 months, depending on funding, project scope, and student exchange visitor status.


Candidates for predoctoral biomedical fellowships must be engaged in graduate study leading to an advanced degree, MD, PhD, DVM, or equivalent.

Candidates for postdoctoral biomedical fellowships must have successfully completed an advanced degree, MD, PhD, DVM, or equivalent. Applications may be made in anticipation of receiving the doctoral degree, but the fellowship cannot begin until after the degree has been awarded and confirmation received by the mentor.

Candidates other than US citizens or permanent residents must have a strong commitment to returning to their country of origin after completing their fellowships.


Biomedical fellowship selections are made by the Council staff member who will mentor the fellow or by the directors of the Council biomedical fellowship program. For more information on Council biomedical fellowships, contact the biomedical fellowship coordinator at biomedfellowship@popcouncil.org

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