Institution: Kennedy School – Harvard University
Country: United States
City (Metropolitan Area): Boston -- MA
Applicant Eligible Countries: Worldwide
Type of Opportunity: Fellowships
Subjects: Science, Technology, and Society
Academic Year: 2018-2019
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government is a world leader in political science scholarship and instruction. Their Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is currently seeking fellowship applicants for the 2018-2019 academic year. The fellowship does not typically include a stipend, but those who are accepted can submit a separate funding request through the program to support their research. That is to say, purely being a fellow does not guarantee funding, but you can apply for research funding once you are admitted into the program.
The STS program is seeking applicants for both pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. The pre-doctoral fellowship is best-suited for aspiring scholars who have passed their qualifying exams and are embarking on their dissertation research and writing. Postdoctoral fellowships are for those who recently earned their Ph.D. and are pursuing research that could benefit from STS methods and theories.
The benefits for STS fellows are myriad. First, your work will be furthered through a collegial, scholarly environment, and you will receive intense training in STS, ultimately becoming part of Cambridge’s STS community. You will not only learn from faculty within the program, but also other fellows, as you meet weekly to discuss each other’s research and participate in a weekly STS Circle seminar. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to audit Harvard graduate courses and participate in the STS Program’s various events. Finally, you will study and learn in an international environment, for past fellows have hailed from the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, and Europe.
If admitted into the program, the fellowship will last one academic year, with a maximum possible stay lasting two years. However, for exceptional circumstances, arrangements can be made for a shorter visit of one semester (about three months).
Applicants will be admitted based on their fit with the Kennedy School’s STS program, intellectual strengths, and research focus. Your application should therefore clearly address how you and your research project will complement the existing work being done at the school. The application deadline for academic year 2018-2019 is January 31, 2018. To apply, you must provide a description of your research interests and reasons for applying to the program (750-word maximum), your curriculum vitae or resume (two-page maximum), and a recommendation letter from an academic advisor. For applicants who wish to go the extra mile, you may also submit a second recommendation letter from a faculty member trained in STS.
To learn more about the program, current and past fellows, and how to apply, click here.
To learn more and apply, click here.