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Center for Machine Learning and Health

Fellowships in Digital Health


The 2021 CMLH Fellowships application deadline has passed.

We invite applications for the CMLH Fellowships in Digital Health. Each fellowship provides full support for one year for a Carnegie Mellon graduate student who is pursuing cutting-edge research that advances digital health, broadly defined. (More information on digital health and the CMLH's focus areas can be found on the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance website.)

Students can write applications about their own research or can contact the CMLH to discuss topic ideas.

For answers to common questions, check our Fellowship FAQ page. You can also learn more about our fellows on our 2020 fellows page, as well as the fellows from 2019, 2018 and 2017.

For any remaining questions, contact

Who Is Eligible?

  • Full-time CMU Ph.D. or master's students.
    • Master's students must be enrolled for at least 24 credits of research per semester or be required to write a thesis for their degree. Master's students should contact us to see if they are eligible before they submit their applications.
  • Students with a primary research project related to digital health. We welcome applications that involve diverse approaches and disciplines that apply to healthcare, including machine learning, computer science, robotics, language technologies, computational biology, electrical and computer engineering, economics, psychology, sociology, public policy, business administration, law, human-computer interaction, and statistics.
  • Students must be enrolled in their Ph.D. or research-based master's program for a full academic year for the duration of the fellowship.
  • We welcome projects at any stages, both initial and mature.

What You Get

  • One year of tuition and stipend support (including summer stipend).
  • $3,000 in funding to support the underlying research, including conference travel for paper presentation, equipment and human-subject experiments. 


  • 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.

To Apply, Please Submit

  1. A three-page research proposal that describes the work to be performed during the fellowship. This proposal should answer the following questions about digital healthcare:
    • Which problem will be addressed?
    • What main research questions drive the work?
    • What new technique, idea, approach or method is proposed to solve the stated problem?
    • How will success be expected and determined?
    • What are the timeline and expected outcomes to be completed within the one year of the fellowship?
    • What resources are needed, if any — namely in terms of data, collaborators and computing — to complete the proposed plan?
  2. A current CV for the student.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from researchers who know the student (e.g., the research advisor and another faculty member). Ideally, these letters should address both the merit of the proposed research, and the student's qualifications.

The research proposal will be reviewed for its innovation, feasibility and the overall quality of the project as measured by its contribution to fundamental research and potential broader impacts in digital healthcare. The evaluation committee will comprise faculty from CMLH and across CMU working in digital health and related areas from a broad spectrum of perspectives.

We expect to award several fellowships under this call.

How To Submit

  • Save your CV and research proposal as one PDF file. Email it to (Only PDFs will be accepted.)
  • References should email their recommendation letters directly to, with the name of the student in the subject line. The letter must be a PDF.

Important Dates

  • Applications due: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021
  • Funding decisions expected by: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
  • Funding to start: Beginning of summer or fall of 2021