Harvard Kennedy School International Security Program Fellowships

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Duration: 1 Academic Year (10 Months)

Funding: 10-month stipends of 42,000 USD to postdoctoral research fellows and 31,000 USD to pre­doctoral research fellows

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The International Security Program works to train new talent in security studies. This is done through various research programs, as well as through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. Fellowships are offered in several areas, including U.S. defense, grand strategy, foreign policy, diplomacy, nuclear, chemical, and biological-weapons proliferation, the management of nuclear technology chemical and biological weapons proliferation, control, and countermeasures, terrorism, regional security, internal and ethnic conflict, and international relations theory. An additional fellowship is offered in cybersecurity issues.

This fellowship is designed for recent recipients of PhDs or equivalent degrees. It provides a stipend for research to be carried out over the period of one year. These may also be renewed upon application. Applications are encouraged from women, minorities, and international citizens. Political scientists, economists, natural scientists, and lawyers, along with those from other backgrounds, may apply.

Fellows will have access to Harvard University libraries and other facilities, along with office space, in most cases. Fellows will work collaboratively with other program members and will contribute to research activities along with doctoral dissertations (if applicable). Fellows may also complete books, monographs, or other publications. Fellows must remain in residence for the duration of their fellowships. Stipends of $42,000 or $31,000 will be awarded, depending on doctoral status. Full or partial reimbursement for health insurance premiums will also be awarded.

To apply, interested candidates should submit a CV/resume, unofficial transcript, research statement of three to five pages, and a writing sample. The writing sample should be a published or unpublished piece that demonstrates English writing ability. It could be a journal article, dissertation chapter, white paper, or chapter from a book published in the applicants’ field. Candidates should also submit contact information for three professional references. All applicants should submit materials by January 16th, 2018, with all recommendations received by February 1, 2018. All successful applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018.

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