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Center for Machine Learning and Health

Fellowship FAQs and Policies


Does the CMLH Fellowship prioritize projects that will be commercialized?

The primary goal of the CMLH Fellowship is to fund early term scientific research with potential for high impact in digital healthcare. While near-term commercialization can be one route to impact, the proposed research does not need to have commercializable components. Scientific contributions are more valued.

Does the project have to use machine learning?

No. The CMLH Fellowship is agnostic as to technology and method.

Do I need collaborators in UPMC?

No. You do not need to have collaborators in UPMC.

Do I have to be a Carnegie Mellon University student?

Yes. The CMLH Fellowship is only for CMU students.

Is the fellowship transferable, if for example, a student leaves or changes advisor?

No. The fellowship program funds students, not projects. The student's accomplishments were an integral part of the review, and fellowships cannot be transferred.

I am a faculty member, and I have a project that I think would be a good fit. Unfortunately, I do not have a student. Can I submit to the fellowship program?

No. The fellowship program funds students, not projects.

What are the requirements of a CMLH fellow?

  • Must be a full-time student working on a project related to digital health at CMU for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Submit a progress report to the CMLH after six and 12 months of funding.
  • Present the research at a CMLH seminar series during or following the term of the fellowship. Invited guests for the presentations may include CMU faculty, staff and students; CMLH staff; and UPMCE staff and leadership members.
  • Provide your CV, project summary and presentation slides to the CMLH and allow them to share these materials with the sponsor, UPMCE.
  • Attend various CMLH seminars and social/virtual events.
  • Provide your photo, project title and project summary for the CMLH 2021 fellows website.
  • Allow the CMLH to share your project summary with UPMCE and other potential CMLH sponsors.
  • Acknowledge the CMLH in any of your publications related to the CMLH-funded work and send CMLH any of the papers that result.
  • Abide by and uphold the community standards of the university.
  • Follow university IP and research policies.

Failure to submit these reports on time or attend the meetings will result in termination of the fellowship.

In addition, you must be primarily engaged in research on your main fellowship topic physically at CMU during the times you are supported as a fellow. This prohibits significant outside jobs or consulting arrangements. You can take a short internship or a visiting research opportunity (in most cases, during the summer). However, you cannot be supported by the CMLH fellowship for these periods.

When does the fellowship start? Is there any flexibility?

Once the fellows are selected, we can adjust the start and end date of the fellowship if necessary to accommodate different fellows' situations. Contact the fellowship coordinator to learn more. Generally, the fellowship period needs to start either in summer 2021 or at the start of the fall 2021 semester.

Can I spread the fellowship funds out over longer than one year?

Possibly. This is considered on a case-by-case basis. Generally, summer internships are a valid reason to extend the end date. Most other reasons are not.

Who controls the $3,000 discretionary funds?

The student who is awarded the fellowship controls the funds. These are fellowship awards not project awards. The student is the PI, and the student should manage the funds. The funds must be used for research-related expenses, and expenditures must be approved by the business manager of the fellow's department.