The Harvard University Academy Scholars Program for 2025-2026 Academic Year

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies invites applications from recent PhD recipients and doctoral candidates in the social sciences for its 2025-2026 Academy Scholars Program.

The Academy Scholars Program of The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their academic careers whose work combines excellence in a social science discipline with a command of the language and knowledge or expertise of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada. Their scholarship should span traditional disciplinary divisions and elucidate comparative, transnational, or domestic issues, past or present.

The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals who possess resourcefulness, initiative, and originality whose work shows promise as a foundation for careers in research universities or international institutions.

Academy Scholars are appointed for a two-year in-residence postdoctoral fellowship at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. The candidate will receive substantial financial and research assistance which permits them to undertake robust research projects and skills development in their chosen fields and areas.

They meet at dinners, seminars, and informal get-togethers to pursue innovative interdisciplinary approaches to their work. They are mentored by the Harvard Academy Senior Scholars, a cohort of faculty members who act as a selection committee, participate in Harvard Academy events, and are committed to supporting the Academy Scholars as they work to achieve their potential.

Benefits: Annual stipend of $80,000


  • These awards are open to recipients of PhD or comparable doctoral degrees (within two years of the August 1, 2025, start date) and advanced doctoral candidates in the social sciences.
  • Scholars nearing dissertation completion must be able to submit degree conferral documentation issued by their university registrar’s office by June 30, 2025, for an August 1, 2025, start date.
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Application Process

The completed application for the Academy Scholars Program will include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV); including a list of publications
  • Research proposal (2000 words maximum); including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work
  • One scholarly writing sample (e.g., PhD dissertation chapter or single-authored peer-reviewed academic journal article; fifty pages maximum; in English)
  • A copy of PhD program transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation

To register for the Harvard University Academy Scholars Program for the 2025-2026 Academic Year, click here

Deadline: September 20, 2024.

For more information on The Harvard University Academy Scholars Program for the 2025-2026 Academic Year, visit the official site.

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