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CMB Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in China

We are pleased to announce a new program sponsored by the China Medical Board, which is accepting postdoctoral research fellowship applications from US scholars to work with outstanding partner institutions in the People’s Republic of China.

The following sites are currently available:


The U.S. and China share an important modern history of global health dialogue and collaboration. Outcomes from such collaborations have not only helped strengthen national and transnational health outcomes in the form of shared knowledge and biomedical tools but have also served as an important means of promoting person-to-person and institution-to-institution relationships through research training. The CMB Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in China establishes a unique training program to support U.S. scholars in the biomedical sciences who seek outstanding mentored research training and the opportunity to build collaborative partnerships in China.

This program leverages longstanding partnerships at two world-class collaborating Chinese academic centers, and an established community of faculty and leadership dedicated to global health training at Yale—through the NIH Fogarty International Center-sponsored Global Health Equity Scholars Program, and the CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program—to deliver an unparalleled training experience.

We are also pleased to work with two U.S. partners institutions University of Michigan and University of North Carolina to implement and develop a strong collaborative community in the US that works together to ensure the success of the postdoctoral exchanges across all three sites.

Trainees will undergo one year of mentored research training under the supervision of an experienced mentorship team from Yale and the collaborating Chinese institution, with the option to extend the fellowship for a second year if program goals are met during the first year.


Submit now! Applications accepted starting on February 1st 2024

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for Yale-CMB Postdoctoral Research Fellowships who meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply for this program:

  • US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed a doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g., MD, PhD, DDS, PharmD, DVM, etc.), or are currently enrolled in a doctoral program and will have obtained the doctoral degree by the start of the CMB fellowship period
  • Available to spend 11-12 months at research site in China, extendable to 2 years
  • Have identified mentors at both the US and Chinese institutions (mentors are academics with a strong collaborative track record of research funding and publication)
  • Able to submit a research proposal describing their research and mentoring/career development plans during the fellowship
  • A working knowledge of Chinese language is helpful but not essential

Application Process

The Yale-CMB Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in China is designed for postdoctoral trainees from the US who are interested in pursuing a year of mentored biomedical research in China.

Applicants will identify mentors in China and the US with assistance from the Program, develop a brief research proposal and articulate a career development plan. The program is similar to NIH Fogarty International Center postdoctoral fellowships in terms of application, mentorship, support, and expectations.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. The application includes the following sections:

  1. Main Application
  2. Research Proposal
  3. Supplemental Materials

Section 1: Main Application

Section 1 asks about the following:

Basic demographic information

  • Academic and professional background
  • Prior research experience, including global health experience
  • Publications, conferences/abstracts, awards
  • Statement of career goals (maximum 800 words)
  • Mentoring plan (maximum 300 words)
  • Training/career development plan (maximum 300 words)

Section 2: Research Proposals

Submit a research proposal (maximum 1500 words) that includes the following sections:

  • Project title
  • Abstract
  • Background
  • Specific aims
  • Methods
  • Significance

Section 3: Supplemental Materials

Submit the following materials:

  • NIH-formatted biosketches for the applicant and proposed co-mentors
  • Letters of recommendation from a current mentor/supervisor and the proposed co-mentors in the US and China
    • Letters should be on the mentor’s institutional letterhead and include the following information for the mentor: name, institution, email address, phone number, work address, signature
    • Letters should be addressed to the Yale-CMB Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Selection Committee, should be scanned or saved as a PDF file and emailed to by the mentor to

Yale Program Leadership

  • Program Manager

    Yale School of Public Health

    Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Disease

    60 College St. LEPH 319A

    New Haven, CT 06510