- CV/ Resume
- Unofficial transcript (pre-doctoral fellow applicants only)
- Research statement (3-5 pages)
- Writing sample (less than 50 pages)
- Contact information for 3 recommenders submitting letters on your behalf
Applications for regular cycle 2014-15 Belfer fellowships are closed. Check back to this website in November for details about applying for the 2015-2016 year.
The Center offers both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Applications for fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have acquired appropriate professional experience. The Belfer Center seeks applications from political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The Center also encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.
Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. Fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Pre-doctoral research fellows are expected to contribute to the Center's research activities, as well as work on — and ideally complete — their doctoral dissertations.
The Belfer Center offers ten-month stipends of $34,000 to post-doctoral and advanced research fellows and $20,000 to pre-doctoral fellows. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding. All applicants should indicate clearly in their research statement whether they are seeking full or partial funding from the Center, and indicate other potential funding sources. Non-stipendiary appointments are also offered.
Areas of Research
Addresses U.S. defense and foreign policy; security policy; nuclear proliferation; managing nuclear technology and materials; the political economy of the Russian nuclear complex; chemical and biological weapons proliferation, control, and countermeasures; terrorism; regional security, especially in Eastern Europe, East and South Asia, and the Middle East; internal and ethnic conflict; transatlantic relations; democracy and democratization as a factor in international politics.
Additionally, ISP welcomes applications from potential fellows in:
- Project on Managing the Atom (joint with STPP)
STPP offers pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in national and comparative science and technology policies and policy formation mechanisms; science and technology policy for competitiveness, sustainability, and security; and social determinants of, and social impacts of, scientific and technological change.
STPP welcomes applications from potential fellows in the following research areas and projects:
- Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age (The Cyber Project)
- Energy Technology Innovation Policy research Group (ETIP)
(joint with the Environment Natural Resources Program (ENRP))
- Water-Energy Nexus Project
- China and Environmental Sustainability Project
- Technology and Innovation
- Geoengineering and Climate Policy
- Science, Technology, and Globalization (STG)
- Agricultural Innovation in Africa (AIA)
- Geospatial Policy Management
- Geopolitics of Energy (joint with ENRP and ISP)
Please visit the STPP fellowship page for details about research areas and projects, and for additional fellowship information specific to STPP.
Middle East Initiative (MEI)
As of Spring 2014, MEI now offers pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, with priority going to applicants pursuing one of these primary areas of focus:
- Democratizing Politics: Establishing durable, accountable democracies not only by focusing on political institutions, but also by empowering the region's citizens.
- Revitalizing the State: Reforming the Middle East's social service delivery systems with a special emphasis on health, education and social protection.
- Democratizing Financial and Labor Markets: Working to ensure that the Middle East' financial and labor markets benefit the entire population, not merely the elite.
For more information, please visit the MEI fellowship page.
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