Harvard University Academy Scholars Program for 2021/2022 – Stipend Available
The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies is currently accepting applications from recent PhD holders and doctoral candidates in the social sciences or law for its 2021 Academy Scholars Program.
The Academy Scholars Program identifies and assists excellent scholars at the beginning of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences or law with a command of the language and history or culture of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada. Their scholarship may throw light on domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.
The Academy Scholars are a selected community of individuals with inventiveness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in cultures or regions outside of the US or Canada shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions.
Academy Scholars are selected for a two-year, in-residence, postdoctoral fellowship at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. They are given 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 remarkable group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to assist them in achieving their intellectual potential.
Eligibility for Harvard University Academy Scholars Program
i. The program is open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) holders and doctoral candidates in the social sciences or law.
ii. Those still pursuing a PhD should have rounded up their routine training and be well along in the writing of their thesis before applying to become Academy Scholars.
iii. If you have completed a PhD program, the date of the PhD completion must be within three years of the October 1 application deadline. For applicants applying for the October 1, 2021 deadline, you must have completed your PhD or equivalent after September 30, 2018.
Harvard University Academy Scholars Program Benefits
(1). Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will be given an annual stipend of $70,000. If selected before earning the PhD, the Scholars will be given an annual stipend of $35,000 until awarded the PhD.
(2). This stipend is enhanced by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.
How to Apply for Harvard University Academy Scholars Program
A complete application should include:
i. Cover letter which succinctly states the applicant’s academic field, country or area of specialization, and proposed research topic
ii. Curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé; including list of publications
iii. Research proposal (2500 word maximum); including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work
iv. A copy of your PhD program transcript
v. Three letters of recommendation (uploaded through the online application).
All Letters must be addressed to the “Selection Committee.” Letters of recommendation should be uploaded by the deadline of October 1. All parts of the application, including the three letters of recommendation, should be submitted online as PDF documents.
NOTE: The deadline for the submission of applications for the Harvard University Academy Scholars Program is 1st October 2021.