Harvard University offers many exciting study, research, and collaborative professional funding opportunities for individuals in various career stages. Check out these fellowships at Harvard for current students, recent graduates, mid-career professionals, and postdoctoral scholars. Click the links below to bookmark these fellowships to your ProFellow account.
Fellowships for Mid-Career and Executive Professionals
Through the Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard is seeking to tap the experience of a socially conscious generation of leaders and help redirect and broaden their skills to fill critical leadership gaps in solving major social issues. Each year, a select group of Fellows from diverse sectors with a track record of achievement and accomplishment come come to Harvard to transition from their primary income-earning careers and prepare for their next phase plan as change agents for society. ALI provides support commensurate with AL Fellows’ status and stage of life, including shared office suite space, provision for spouse or partner to enroll in AL Partner Program, and special invitations to join other Harvard events. 4 deadlines for expression of interest each year.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University welcomes an interdisciplinary and diverse community of academics and practitioners to join the Center as fellows in its mission to engage the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace. Each Berkman fellow develops and coordinates their fellowship work plan with the Center’s directors and staff. Fellowship terms typically run the course of the academic year. Most Berkman fellows work out of the greater Boston area and spend a significant amount of time at the Berkman Center. Stipends and all other administrative determinations are made on case-by-case basis.
Designed for all senior-level executives working with state and local governments — including government officials, nonprofit leaders, and elected officeholders — this intensive, three-week Executive Education program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hones skills and furthers the leadership potential of accomplished individuals from across the United States. Candidates must concurrently apply to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government. The fellowship typically covers half of the total cost of tuition, housing, and many of the meals (approximately $5,725).
The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy, provide an opportunity for reflection, and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners. The primary focus for a Fellow is to research, write and publish a 15-20-page paper on a media/politics topic. The Shorenstein Center currently hosts 8 one-semester residential fellowships each year (4 per semester). Stipend is $30,000 for one semester. Fellows are in residence, full-time, for one semester. Mid to late-career full-time journalists, politicians, scholars or policymakers are eligible.
Loeb Fellows represent the broadest spectrum of accomplished practitioners who are influential in shaping the built and natural environment and whose work advances positive social outcomes. Loeb Fellows are architects and landscape architects, urban planners and journalists, public artists and affordable housing developers. After a transformative Fellowship year in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, they join a powerful worldwide network of over 450 colleagues and friends. The stipend for the academic year is $50,000 and the fellowship covers the cost of housing for Fellows and their families coming from outside the Boston area.
The Nick Littlefield Health Policy Fellowship is a unique fellowship focused on developing innovative leaders in health policy. The 12-month program includes a 3-6 month core experience at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a Fellow in the Health Policy program to gain essential methodological skills; a 3-6 month applied research experience focused on health improvement issues; 3 months working with either a state or federal agency or department; and a 3 month final research project. Candidates are mid-career professionals with a passion for the development of evidence-based health policy at the state and federal levels. Fellows receive a stipend of $80,000 to spend one year as a full-time member of the NEHI team.
A short-term visiting fellowship for individuals to work on special projects designed to advance journalism. Applicants need not be practicing journalists, but must demonstrate the ways in which their work at Harvard and the Nieman Foundation may improve the prospects for journalism’s future, whether related to research, programming, design, financial strategies or another topic. A Visiting Fellow’s employer is encouraged to extend the employee’s salary and benefits during the period of study. If such funding is not available, a standard Nieman stipend will be provided to the Visiting Fellow and prorated for the length of the fellowship.
The Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. Proposals from Nieman-Berkman Fellowship candidates may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. The fellowship is open to both U.S. and international applicants. Candidates should either be working journalists or work for a news organization in a business, technology, or leadership capacity. Freelance journalists are welcome to apply. Most Nieman Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 paid over a 9-month period.
Radcliffe Fellows are award-winning artists, academics, and professionals who convene at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for a full year to focus on individual projects and research while benefiting from a multidisciplinary community in the University setting. Stipends are funded up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, September through May. Deadlines vary by discipline, check website.
The Strategic Data Project Fellowship (SDP) is a paid two-year program at Harvard University that places and develops talented data strategists in partner agencies where they can have an immediate impact on policy decisions that affect student outcomes. Fellows receive a rich complement of professional development designed to boost skills and knowledge in three key areas: measurement and analysis, leadership and change management, and education policy. Requirements include an advanced degree (Master’s level or higher), strong quantitative/analytic skills, 3+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated passion for education reform.
The Zuckerman Fellows Program equips people from the fields of medicine, law, and business to provide leadership for the common good by making it possible for them to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees plus a stipend of $17,000 for one year. In addition to their formal coursework, Zuckerman Fellows participate in a yearlong co-curricular program that includes small-group discussions, professional skill-building workshops, and a field trip.
Research and Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Center offers both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Applications for fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have acquired appropriate professional experience. The Belfer Center seeks applications from political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The Center offers 10-month stipends of $20-$34K.
The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines. The fellowship includes a salary of $64,000 per year, employee health insurance eligibility, up to $2,500 reimbursement for travel expenses, and a $2,500 allowance for travel and other professional expenses. Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline.
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine provides one $5,000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period. Foundation Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard University in Boston, MA. Preference will be given to: projects that engage specifically with the history of women physicians, other health workers or medical scientists; those who are using collections from the Center’s Archives for Women in Medicine; and applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway; however, all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students.
The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research. Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit). The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months.
The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty. The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months.
To be awarded for twelve months’ residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. The fellowship has two purposes: The first is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. The second purpose is to provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. Fellows receive a stipend, travel fund and book fund.
The Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Residential Fellowship Program at Harvard Law School offers full or partial doctoral and post-doctoral one-year fellowships to a small number of scholars pursuing research in areas related to the IGLPs ongoing work. The Institute welcomes applications from interested doctoral and post-doctoral scholars who are currently pursuing research in the areas of global law, economic policy, and social justice. Fellows are awarded a competitive stipend commensurate with experience.
This 1-2 year program prepares scholars with the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the field of bioethics. Research scholars will be fully integrated into the community of faculty and students at the Center for Bioethics, with access to the resources of Harvard Medical School and Harvard University. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with the scholars at the Hastings Center. Research scholars will receive an annual stipend, benefits, and an allotment for academic expenses and travel.
The Rowland Fellowship in Energy Science & Engineering provides early career scientists with funding to establish an independent research program. An opportunity to pursue new research ideas without the need for external funding, with full institutional support, access to technical and scientific resources, and an opportunity to work with Harvard. Fellows must have completed their doctoral degrees prior to starting their term. We welcome applications from newly conferred doctorates as well as from candidates with postdoctoral experience. The base stipend is $72k/year with increases based on years of experience beyond the PhD.
The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships are awarded each year for students from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for graduate study at Harvard University. A Knox Fellowship pays full Harvard tuition and mandatory health insurance fees and provides a stipend sufficient to cover the living expenses of a single Fellow for a 10-month academic year. Each Knox Fellowship applicant must also submit an application for Admission directly to the Harvard graduate or professional school of his/her choice.
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