Fellowship Overview

Our healthcare system needs innovators. Welcome to the launchpad.

A better system for emergency room triage. Artificial intelligence that speeds up a critical diagnosis. An implantable device to help manage disease. Every crisis in modern medicine is a proving ground for innovation. Over 10 months in the Healthtech Fellowship, you and your team could begin building solutions like any of these and beyond. 

New from Harvard in 2020, the HealthTech Fellowship offers a one-of-a-kind 10-month immersion that will leave its fellows equipped to use the proven Biodesign innovation framework to reimagine the healthcare industry. The program runs annually from August through May.

Hear more about the HealthTech Fellowship and where we are in January 2021!


Applications for the 2021-2022 Fellowship are now closed.

The next application cycle for the 2022-2023 Fellowship will open in July 2021. Please email healthtech@hms.harvard.edu if you would like to receive updates on the application process.

Click here to view our Q&A webinar, learn more about the fellowship, and get your questions answered!

The HealthTech Fellowship embeds multi-disciplinary fellow teams with clinical partners for extended field observation where they’ll identify hundreds of real unmet healthcare needs. You will be working side-by-side with world-class physicians, gaining a first-hand perspective on what is and isn't working every day in our healthcare system. You’ll gain a deep understanding how providers, hospitals, and payors think about introducing new products and services - and then you’ll put that learning to work.

Over the following months, your team will transform this challenge into a viable business opportunity with the support of Harvard faculty and coaches, which includes entrepreneurs, inventors, and venture capitalists. 

HealthTech is a collaborative effort that leverages the faculty and resources from Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Harvard Business School. The fellowship will be facilitated through the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School.