Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute

Coursework Support for Clinical Fellows

Department of Pediatrics/Hassenfeld Institute Research Training Program in Maternal Child Health Disparities: Coursework Support for Clinical Fellows

The Coursework Support for Clinical Fellows Program is made possible through the generous support of the Hassenfeld family. Up to two fellows are chosen annually to participate in the program.  The fellows receive support to enroll in two courses or training opportunities each year over the two-year program at the School of Public Health or other academic venues. The Scholars are expected to use their coursework or training to contribute to a mentored scholarly research activity that reflects the content of these classes and is consistent with the goals of their respective fellowship programs.  The Coursework Support for Clinical Fellows program is one aspect of a broader training program that focuses on Maternal and Child Health Disparities.


Any clinical fellow in Brown-affiliated fellowships in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology are eligible to apply to this program.  Scholars must remain fellows in their respective departments for the duration of the program.

Research Focus

A broad range of maternal and child health topics may be appropriate for Coursework Support for Clinical Fellows Program. Topics could include clinical research focused on child health, mental health, maternal health, risk reduction, or optimal growth and development.  Applicants are expected to have a research deliverable at the end of their program. Examples of these include an abstract submission to a research conference or a manuscript submission to an academic journal. Applications are encouraged to focus on health disparities or health equity. 

Application Process

Applicants should submit the following by email to Andrea Chu at Andrea_Chu@Brown.edu:

  1. A current CV
  2. A brief (no longer than one page) description of the applicant’s:
    • Research interests and conception of how the courses will contribute to their scholarly activity 
    • Career plans
    • Reasons for wanting to participate in the program
    • Identification of Research Mentor

All application materials must be received by October 1, 2024.

Criteria for Selection

Criteria for selection to the program include the academic performance and future promise of the applicant and the applicant’s potential to benefit from the program.

Benefits of the Program and Award Conditions

The Fellows will have up to a two-year term, dependent on remaining in their clinical department at Brown.  Fellows must make satisfactory progress on their research while in the program and submit a final report to Hassenfeld Institute and their respective department leadership.

Of note, coursework can be taken at other academic institutions if the preferred course is not provided during a time that is optimal for the candidate (e.g., due to clinical training hours). The specific workshop/seminar/course would need to be identified and approved by the program office. Other workshop and training opportunities will also be considered for support, including training in specific statistical analyses or methods that are integral to the fellow’s training and well-aligned with the fellow’s training schedule.

Questions? Contact:

  • Daphne Koinis Mitchell

    Daphne Koinis Mitchell Ph.D.

    Director, Department of Pediatrics/Hassenfeld Institute Research Training in Child Health Disparities, Professor (Research), Vice Chair of Research, Departments of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Hospital; The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University