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2019-20 Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Academy Scholars Program is open to scholars from all countries and citizenships who have recently completed or are nearing completion of a PhD or equivalent doctoral program 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. 

Each year four to six Academy Scholars are named for two-year appointments. Academy Scholars are expected to reside in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes.

The Academy Scholars Program is not a degree-granting program.  If you have not recently completed or are not currently enrolled in a PhD or equivalent doctoral program in the social sciences or law you are not eligible to apply for the Academy Scholars Program. 

Those still pursuing a PhD or equivalent degree, should have completed their routine training and field research, and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars. 

If you have completed a PhD program or equivalent degree, the PhD completion date must be within three years of our October 1 application deadline.  For October 1, 2019 applicants, you must have completed your PhD after September 30, 2016.

Finalists must be available to travel for a personal interview on our December 4, 2019 interview date.  The Harvard Academy will arrange and pay for travel and hotel accommodations for the finalists to interview in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

All application materials need to be submitted by the deadline of October 1. We do not accept late applications.  The completed application will include:
  1. Cover letter which succinctly states the applicant's academic field, country or region of specialization, and proposed research topic
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé; including list of publications
  3. Research proposal (2500 word maximum); including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work
  4. A copy of your PhD program transcript
  5. Three letters of recommendation (uploaded through the online application)
Letters should be addressed to the "Selection Committee."

Letters of recommendation need to be uploaded by the deadline of October 1.

All parts of the application, including the three letters of recommendation, are submitted online as pdf documents.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $70,000.  If selected before earning the PhD, the Scholar 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. 

Questions should be emailed to:

Applications are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.

Begin Accepting Applications Date:
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
10/01/2019 11:59 PM