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


Applications are 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 for the Harvard Academy Scholars Program. The program seeks scholars with a command of the language and history or culture of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada.


  • 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.
  • Academy Scholars are expected to reside in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments


  • Must have recently completed or currently enrolled in a PhD or equivalent doctoral program in the social sciences or law.
  • Must be available to travel for a personal interview scheduled for December 4, 2019.
  • 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
  • The Harvard Academy will arrange and pay for travel and hotel accommodations for the finalists to interview in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Application procedures

  • A complete 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 2019.
  • All parts of the application, including the three letters of recommendation, are submitted online as pdf documents.

Application deadline: October 1, 2019

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