Harvard University Academy Scholars Program

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The Harvard Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language and history or culture of non-Western countries or regions. All application materials need to arrive by the deadline of October 1st.

Academy Scholars are appointed for a two-year, in-residence, postdoctoral fellowship at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

Main criteria

  • The competition for these awards is open only to recent PhD recipients and doctoral candidates in the social sciences;
  • Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars;
  • For applicants applying for the October 1, 2017 deadline, you must have completed your PhD or equivalent after September 30, 2014;
  • The completed application should include a cover letter, CV, research proposal (2500 word maximum), official PhD program transcript and three letters of recommendation.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000. If selected before earning the PhD, the Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000 until awarded the PhD. This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.

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