Harvard University's Kennedy School Belfer Center Fellowships
lowship applicants are welcomed from a diverse field of academic disciplines and departments. Across the Center's various fellowship programs, applications are sought from the fields of political science, history, law, economics, the natural and hard sciences, and other diverse and interdisciplinary backgrounds of study. The Center encourages applications from women, underrepresented groups, and citizens of all countries.
Academic Track fellowships are offered through the programs below:
- Arctic Initiative Fellowship
- Energy, Climate, and Technology Policy Fellowship
- Ernest May Fellowship in History and Policy Fellowship
- Geopolitics of Energy Project Fellowship
- International Security Program Fellowship
- Project on Managing the Atom Fellowship
- Middle East Initiative Fellowship
- Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship
Professional Track Fellowships
Fellowship applicants are welcomed from a diverse field of professional disciplines and backgrounds. Across the Center's various fellowship programs, applications are sought from both public and private sectors with cybersecurity and technology backgrounds. In the National Security Fellowship and Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Fellowship, practitioners are internally selected by their respective government agencies. The Center encourages applications from women, underrepresented groups, and citizens of all countries.
Professional Track fellowships are offered through the below programs:
- National Security Fellowship
- Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Fellowship
- Technology and Public Purpose Fellowship
Predoctoral fellows contribute to the Center's research activities while working on - and ideally completing - their doctoral dissertations.
For consideration, applicants must have passed general examinations and have made significant progress on the completion of their dissertation.
Postdoctoral fellows also contribute to the Center's research activities while completing a book or other substantial publication during the time at the Center.
For consideration, applicants must have received their Ph.D. within the last five years from September of the coming academic year. (e.g. to qualify to be a postdoctoral fellow during the 2021-2022 academic year, the applicant's Ph.D. must have been granted no sooner than September 2016.) Postdoctoral fellows must commit to a full-time appointment.
Non-Harvard faculty members may apply to pursue their own research in association with the designated fellowship program. Past projects have included book projects or other manuscripts, article series, and other substantial research projects.
- US Citizen
- Permanent Resident
- International or Other Visa Status
Please visit the individual fellowship pages for specific application requirements, which may vary.
- CV/ Resume
- Unofficial transcript (predoctoral fellow applicants only)
- Research statement (3-5 pages)
- Writing sample (less than 50 pages)
- The sample should be one published or unpublished piece written by the applicant. Co-authored pieces are not accepted.
- The sample should be written in English. Translations of written work will not be accepted.
- This can be a journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, white paper, or any other substantial research piece you have produced in your field.
- Contact information for 3 recommenders submitting letters on your behalf
All applications must be submitted via the online application portal. Emailed or other methods of application submission will not be accepted.
Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. Fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Pre-doctoral research fellows are expected to contribute to the Center's research activities, as well as work on — and ideally complete — their doctoral dissertations.
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