Academy Scholars-Graduate Fellows at Harvard College

The Harvard Academy for International  and Area Studies is dedicated to increasing our knowledge of the  culture, history, and institutions of the world’s major regions and  countries.

The 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, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational  issues, past or present.

The Academy Scholars are a  select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative,  curiosity, and originality, whose work in non-Western cultures or  regions shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major  universities or international institutions.

Academy Scholars are appointed  for 2 years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies  and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard facilities. 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 faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy  Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

The competition for these awards is open  only to recent Ph.D. (or comparable professional school degree)  recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a Ph.D. should  have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing  of their theses before becoming Scholars; those in possession of a Ph.D.  longer than 3 years are ineligible.

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

Post-doctoral Scholars will  receive an annual stipend of $48,000, and pre-doctoral Scholars will  receive an annual stipend of $28,000. This stipend is supplemented by  funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and  health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.

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

How to Apply
Applications for the next class of Academy  Scholars are due October 1 each year. There is no application form. The  following materials are required for a complete application:

  • a current curriculum vitae,  including a list of publications (include 3 copies)
  • a statement of the applicant’s proposed  research, including intellectual objectives and planned methodological  and disciplinary work—no more than 10 pages double-spaced (include 3  copies)
  • an official copy of  each graduate transcript
  • three  letters of recommendation
  • a  cover letter which succinctly states the applicant’s academic field, country or region of specialization, and proposed or actual research  topic (include 3 copies)

Please do not staple materials.  Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Finalists will be invited to  Cambridge for interviews with the Senior Scholars on Monday, December 6,  2010.

Application materials should be  mailed to:

The Academy Scholars Program
Harvard Academy for International and Area  Studies
Weatherhead Center for  International Affairs
1727  Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA  02138

All materials must be received  by October 1. The selection process begins immediately thereafter.  Applicants whose materials are late or incomplete are at a disadvantage  when considered by the Selection Committee. Announcement of the awards  will be made in January.

For additional information  contact:

Kathleen Hoover, Program  Coordinator


Laurence H. Winnie, Executive  Officer

Phone: (617) 495-2137
Fax: (617) 496-9592