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Deutsch Fellowship

Explore the frontier of research in biophotonics.

Application Dates
15 Jul 2024 - 16 Sep 2024
Program Prize

One year fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine

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This one-year multidisciplinary fellowship specifically fosters interactions between researchers from diverse fields of science and medicine and supports post-doctoral investigators pursuing training in either basic or clinical research. It is offered in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Wellman Center for Photomedicine.

Application Information

How To Apply

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Important Dates

Opens 15 July 2024
Closes 16 September 2024

Applicant Requirements
  • Select one or more positions available for the fellowship: 2025 Open Positions
  • Hold a Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree  
  • Be at the postdoctoral training level at the time of the award and within 5 years of completion of your degree, excluding breaks in a career timeline (e.g., eldercare, maternity or paternity leave)
Application Requirements
  • Basic contact and education information
  • Personal statement describing academic/professional background and interest in the fellowship – no more than 500 characters.
  • CV/resume
  • A 3- to 5-page research proposal in a field of biomedical optics, including specific aims, significance, innovation and approach.
    • The applicant is encouraged to develop the project after contacting and consulting with one or more prospective PIs at Wellman Center
    • A collaborative project involving more than one Wellman PI is particularly encouraged
    • A brief list of Wellman PIs and their research summaries is located in the application
  • At least one and no more than two published technical papers or similar with personal contributions within the past 24 months in PDF format.
  • Two letters of reference
Additional Information:  
  • Non-US individuals are encouraged to apply
  • Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity employer; women and minority applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Fellows will receive a nontransferable, primary appointment at the MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine
  • If a fellow already has, or subsequently receives, other fellowship funding, he/she is eligible for the Deutsch funds only if the projects are different scientifically, permitted by the other sponsor and only to the extent that the combined stipend does not exceed the fellow’s institutional base stipend
  • The program is intended for one year, with the opportunity for a no-cost extension if conditions allow
  • Any remaining funds at the end of the fellowship period, or extension, will be forfeited


Bhaskara Rao Chintada
Harvard Medical School, USA
Fernanda Viana Cabral
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Danielle Harper
Wellman Center for Photomedicine, USA
Markus Seeger
Technical University of Munich, Germany
Vicente Parot
Harvard University, USA
Yue Zhuo
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


This fellowship is endowed through donations from the Deutsch family, contributors from the optics and photonics community and a generous contribution from IPG Photonics.

2024 Selection Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Mikhail Y Berezin Washington University UNITED STATES
Michalina Gora Wyss Center for Bio and Neuro Engineer SWITZERLAND
Giuliano Scarcelli University of Maryland at College Park UNITED STATES
Christina Schwarz Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tubingen GERMANY
Maria Vinas Consejo Sup Investigaciones Cientificas SPAIN
Maciej Wojtkowski Nicolaus Copernicus University POLAND
Phaneendra K Yalavarthy Indian Institute of Science INDIA
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