Overall, we look for individuals who like to work with numbers and 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.
You are eligilbe to apply to the PBF program if you have at least two years of work authorization (please note, the University of Washington does not allow IHME to sponsor H1-B visas, other visa types), are a recent college graduate, and have not pursued previous graduate studies.
Do you accept unofficial transcripts?
Yes, we accept unofficial transcripts through our online application. Candidates who receive an offer of admission will be asked to submit an official transcript upon hire.
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 volume 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.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline for applications is January 6, 2020.
Do you accept late applications?
No. To be considered for the Post-Bachelor Fellowship, we must receive your application before the January 6, 2020 deadline. Those who submit an application after the deadline can request that their applications be reactivated for the following cohort by contacting [email protected]
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 by April.
How many Post-Bachelor Fellows are hired for each cohort?
We hire about 12 to 15 new fellows each year. To view the current cohorts, please visit our PBF Profiles
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?
Fellows receive the following salary:
- First-year fellow: $47,484
- Second-year fellow: $51,276
- Third-year fellow: $52,812
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.
Do all PBFs pursue the graduate degree?
No. Each year, there are a number of PBFs who do not choose to pursue the graduate degree at UW. These PBFs spend their two years working on IHME research projects. As UW employees, all PBFs are eligible to take a variety of courses across the university. PBFs who are not enrolled in the graduate 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 Projects
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.