Joslin Fellows in the Lab.

Training the Next Generation of Diabetes Researchers

Joslin is committed to training the next generation of researchers focused on diabetes. Joslin's Research Fellows Program is the largest diabetes-specific training program in the world and welcomes more than 100 MD and PhD Fellows from all over the world each year.

Research Fellows Program

The Joslin Research Division is made up of elite researchers pushing to understand what causes diabetes, how to improve diabetes care and search for a cure through a transdisciplinary setting for basic, clinical, and translational research. More than half of our bench research labs collaborate with physicians in our Clinic, and as a result, fellows expand their horizons by being exposed to the latest advances and clinical care.

Fellows at Joslin also will receive an appointment at Harvard Medical School, and benefit from the world-class resources available for medical research in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.

Potential areas for fellow training include:

  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Immunology and Type 1 Diabetes
  • Molecular Mediators of Metabolism and Insulin Resistance
  • Inheritance and Epigenetics of Metabolic Disease
  • Exercise and Muscle Metabolism
  • Gut Microbiome-Host Interactions
  • Obesity and adipose tissue metabolism
  • Vascular Biology and diabetes complications
  • Beta Cell and Regenerative Biology
  • Basic, Clinical, and Translational Studies

Research activities at Joslin are supported by the infrastructure and resources of the NIH-funded Diabetes Research Center (DRC). In addition to project-specific training, Joslin fellows will also have access to training opportunities through Harvard Catalyst, weekly seminar series, and career-development events organized by Joslin’s Fellows Council. 

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and three references with contact information to: postdoctoral.applications [at] (postdoctoral[dot]applications[at]joslin[dot]harvard[dot]edu).

In your cover letter, please indicate your research area(s) of interest and, if applicable, specific faculty members with whom you wish to work

International Fellows

Once a postdoc applicant has accepted a position at Joslin, their Investigator will contact the Research Programs Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Research. For international postdocs the Research Programs Administrator will help coordinator the visa application process. Joslin is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, thus the Harvard International Office will sponsor the visas for Joslin international postdocs.

All foreign postdocs will receive a useful guide to Boston, Welcome to Boston upon arrival that has practical information to help facilitate the adjustment to living in Boston.