Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship in Abortion and Reproductive Health

Investigator: Cynthia Harper, PhD

Location(s): United States


The Bixby Center is a fellowship site of the Charlotte Ellertson Postdoctoral Fellowship program for social scientists.  The fellowship's objectives are to:

  • support a multidisciplinary cohort of promising new social science researchers who study abortion and reproductive health, and
  • produce and share research that informs policy and program design in abortion and reproductive health.

The fellowship seeks applicants who are committed to abortion scholarship and careers that include a focus on abortion research and advocacy.

Fellowship Description
The fellowship includes independent and collaborative research, as well as work with advocacy organizations. Each fellow works intensively with a mentor on her/his specific research projects. A fellowship site director provides general guidance and orientation to the fellowship site. Fellows work with their mentors to:

  • design research protocols
  • conduct a significant research project
  • submit manuscripts or book proposals for publication
  • give presentations and/or seminars
  • submit funding proposals
  • participate in skills-building seminars (e.g., media and communications, fundraising, the policy process) and annual meetings
  • visit clinics and hospitals to observe abortion and reproductive health care services
  • collaborate with and lend expertise to reproductive health and rights advocacy organizations
  • develop professional networks of researchers, advocates and clinicians