Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program

At the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care, clinical research, professional training, and public education.

Research Fellowships

In 1997, we established a summer fellowship program to stimulate interest in eating disorders research and train young investigators in the field. The Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program provides annual funding for Summer Research Fellowships with the support of Matina S. Horner, Ph.D. and the Rubenstein Foundation. For 17 years, Matina S. Horner, Ph.D. has sponsored 50 undergraduate and graduate students. In 2013, we were fortunate to receive an award from the Rubenstein Foundation in support of our Summer Research Fellowships. During their 8 weeks at the EDCRP, our fellows receive supervision and mentoring as they conduct independent research projects, participate in our research activities, and meet weekly with our staff for discussion sessions on research methodologies in the field of eating disorders.

Click here to learn more about past fellowship recipients.

2015 Applications
The Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to mentor young investigators in the eating disorder field. Fellows accepted into the program will complete an 8-week independent research project in residence at the EDCRP from June 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015. In completing the project, our Fellows receive supervision and mentorship, participate in current research activities, and meet weekly with our faculty.

Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who submit a proposal that describes an original research project. Applicants should design a research proposal so that the project can be completed within the 8-week fellowship period. Successful applications will have relevance to the research interests of the EDCRP, including eating disorder classification, longitudinal outcome, neuroendocrine abnormalities, and prevention efforts. We especially welcome applications with a focus on eating disorder prevention; implementation and dissemination of evidence-based treatments; or public education.

It is generally not feasible to collect data during the 8-week period unless the project has been thoroughly designed, a subject pool identified, and IRB approval obtained prior to the start of the fellowship.

Projects that involve writing a literature review, analyzing previously collected data, or writing up a research report from data already analyzed are the most feasible to complete during the 8-week period. Previous awardees have also worked on masters' theses or dissertations. Please click here to view past project titles.

If you have questions, please call us at 617-726-8470 (Helen Burton) or e-mail us at hfburton@mgh.harvard.edu

Click here to download a Fellowship Application Form for the Summer Research Fellowships.

Please note that your Fellowship Application should consist of the following materials:

  1. A completed copy of the downloaded form
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. A 2-page abstract/proposal
  4. Two letters of reference

If sent electronically, your application materials must be submitted together in a single PDF. Any other format received will not be considered for review.

The application submission period begins on Nov. 1, 2014. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2015. Please e-mail your application materials to Helen Burton at hfburton@mgh.harvard.edu. You may also mail your application materials to the address below.

2015 Summer Research Fellowships in Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
2 Longfellow Place, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
Attention: Helen Burton