Deutsch Fellowship

Explore the frontier of research in biophotonics.

Application Dates
01 May 2022 - 15 Jun 2022
Program Prize

One year fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine

This one-year multidisciplinary fellowship specifically fosters interactions between researchers from diverse fields of science and medicine and supports post-doctoral investigators pursuing training in either basic or clinical research. It is offered in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Wellman Center for Photomedicine.

Application Information

How to Apply

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Important Dates

Opens: 01 May 2022
Closes 15 June 2022

Applicant Requirements
  • Select one or more positions available for the fellowship: 2022 Position Descriptions
  • Hold a Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree  
  • Be at the postdoctoral training level at the time of the award and within 5 years of completion of your degree, excluding breaks in a career timeline (e.g., eldercare, maternity or paternity leave)
Application Requirements
  • Basic contact and education information
  • Personal statement describing academic/professional background and interest in the fellowship – no more than 500 characters.
  • CV/resume
  • A 3- to 5-page research proposal in a field of biomedical optics, including specific aims, significance, innovation and approach.
    • The applicant is encouraged to develop the project after contacting and consulting with one or more prospective PIs at Wellman Center
    • A collaborative project involving more than one Wellman PI is particularly encouraged
    • A brief list of Wellman PIs and their research summaries is located in the application
  • At least one and no more than two published technical papers or similar with personal contributions within the past 24 months in PDF format.
  • Two letters of reference
Additional Information:  
  • Non-US individuals are encouraged to apply
  • Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity employer; women and minority applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Fellows will receive a nontransferable, primary appointment at the MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine
  • If a fellow already has, or subsequently receives, other fellowship funding, he/she is eligible for the Deutsch funds only if the projects are different scientifically, permitted by the other sponsor and only to the extent that the combined stipend does not exceed the fellow’s institutional base stipend
  • The program is intended for one year, but the fellowship review committee will consider a one-time, six-month extension
  • Any remaining funds at the end of the fellowship period, or extension, will be forfeited




2021 Selection Committee

  • Maciej Wojtkowski, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Judith Birkenfeld, Instituto de Óptica Daza de Valdés
  • David Kessel, Wayne State University
  • Jerome Mertz, Boston University
  • Felix Fanjul Velez, University of Cantabria
  • Alex Walsh, Texas A&M University
  • Juanita Anders, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Girija Gaur, SiLC Technologies, Inc.
  • Ratnesh Lal, University of California San Diego

2020 Recipient

Markus Seeger
Technical University of Munich, Germany

“I am thrilled to be selected as the Thomas F. Deutsch Fellow and feel encouraged, more so than ever, to apply my background in biophysics to develop and translate next-generation biomicroscopy. By receiving this prestigious award, I can realize my overarching goal to innovate novel biomedical photonics technology and to continue to expand my interdisciplinary knowledge and curiosity as a young researcher.”

Seeger seeks to develop novel photoacoustic microscopy technology for structural, functional, molecular, and metabolic   interrogations. He aims to achieve direct and comprehensive access to the dynamic (micro) environment of living specimens, with both high speed and resolution, to advance biomicroscopy in biological and biomedical research. He will be working with Seemantini Nadkarni and Brett Bouma, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA.

Past Recipients

  • Vicente Parot, Harvard University, USA (2020)
  • Yue Zhuo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2019)


This fellowship is endowed through donations from the Deutsch family, contributors from the optics and photonics community and a generous contribution from IPG Photonics.