Undergraduate Fellowships

Fellowship Positions: Two Fellowships are available with our CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion each semester: Research Assistant Fellow and Community Health Fellow. 

The fellowship is designed to provide an engaging and enriching introduction for students interested in research and clinical applications of mindfulness and compassion in healthcare or community health settings. Fellows will have the opportunity to support the growing center in a variety of important roles, with the choice of either the research or community health track. Details below.

Timeline: flexible 8-week period, summer, 12-week period for Fall or Spring seasons

About CMC: The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC) is based within Cambridge Health Alliance,  an academic center, affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  CMC Student Fellows will receive exposure to the practice and research on interventions based on mindfulness and compassion. Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) serves as a public healthcare safety net system supporting over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s Metro North region. CHA is a local provider of choice for primary care, specialty care, emergency services, hospital care, maternity care and mental health. Fellows will be able to join regular meetings with internationally prominent faculty and researchers from Harvard Medical School and beyond. In addition, the CMC is strongly rooted in the local community, because of its mission to support diverse communities through mindfulness and compassion practice. Learn more about the center by exploring our website - www.chacmc.org

Eligibility: We are seeking University students and Graduate students who are interested in gaining experience with clinical research, practice or coordination of mindfulness- and compassion-based programs, groups and interventions. This Fellowship may be of particular interest to students interested in careers related to health care, neuroscience, medicine, public health, psychology, social work, education, community health and more. We welcome fellows interested in any aspect of mindfulness, compassion or contemplative psychology research and programming.

In the research track, the fellow will assist with implementing a range of clinical research projects related to mindfulness and compassion, with an opportunity to conduct supervised research focused on a study question that is relevant to CMC.  

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is currently funded to conduct several research and outreach projects, including grants from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Mind & Life Institute, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Gold Foundation  and Osher Center for Integrative Health. Topic areas for current and potential research fellow projects include:

  • Mindfulness in Primary Care

  • Compassion in Medicine

  • Self-Compassion and Chronic Pain

  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions for a range of clinical and non-clinical populations

  • Public school based mindfulness interventions locally in Somerville and Cambridge


In the community health track, the fellow will have a chance to help implement, create and assist with groups and curricula for members of the public community. The community health track may also involve working with local leaders on a community health project.  Both tracks will offer opportunities to work closely with distinguished faculty and board members with opportunities for mentorship.

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is growing in external presence, ongoing programs, workshops and trainings. The community health fellow will support CMC development, external communications and programs, which include:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion 8-Week Courses

  • Workshops, Events and Trainings (a sample of our offerings include Alumni half-day workshops, Mind in Labor Childbirth Workshop, Mindful Practice in Medicine, Mindful Self-Compassion for Chronic Pain, Compassion Training, Mindfulness and Biofeedback Workshop)

  • Mindfulness and education initiatives in public schools

  • Mindfulness programs with immigrant communities

To apply: Interested applicants should send a resume and one-page cover letter detailing their interest. Applications should be sent to cmc@challiance.org addressed to the CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion stating clearly in the application interest in either the research or community health track fellowship.  Please give an estimate of your weekly availability (either in-person or remote availability). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Support: This position requires a commitment of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks through the summer and 12-15 hours per week for fall or spring seasons. No stipend is offered, but our team will provide documentation and support for fellows who seek to apply for possible stipends and resources for support from their home institution. Preference will be given for those who seek academic credit for subsequent semesters.


*In the past, previous fellows have been able to receive academic elective credits from their university during semesters for pursuing an ongoing academic project, including poster presentations and participation in the development of peer-reviewed publications.