- 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 Center fellowships are closed; the 2015-2016 application will be live in mid-December. For further information, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions.
The Center’s programs and projects offer a variety of both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in the research areas listed below. Fellows are appointed for ten-month appointments from September through June, with a possibility for renewal.
Applicants are required by the Harvard Kennedy School to have at least one degree beyond the bachelor’s level. Pre-doctoral candidates must have passed their general examinations and have made significant progress on their dissertations in order to be considered. 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. 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. Post-doctoral fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. All fellows are expected to be in the Cambridge area for the duration of their fellowship.
Stipends for research fellows vary by program and project. Please review the program fellowship pages below for program/project-specific funding information.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding. All applicants should indicate on their application form whether they are seeking full or partial funding from the Center. Non-stipendiary appointments are also offered.
Submission of a formal application is required for all fellowship applicants, whether they need funding or have independent support.
Areas of Research
Belfer Center fellows are affiliated with the projects and programs of the Belfer Center, according to their area of focus. For proposals that span Belfer research programs, applicants may direct their applications to more than one project or program on the application form.
International Security Program fellows address 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.
ISP welcomes applications from potential fellows in:
- International Security Program Fellowship
- Project on Managing the Atom Fellowship on nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear strategy, arms control and disarmament, and nuclear issues (joint with STPP)
- Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (joint with Project on Managing the Atom)
- Ernest May Fellowship on history and policy
Please visit the ISP fellowship page for details about research areas and projects, and for additional fellowship information specific to ISP.
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)
- Water-Energy Nexus Project
- Technology and Innovation
- Geoengineering and Climate Policy
- Science, Technology, and Globalization (STG)
- Agricultural Innovation in Africa (AIA)
Please visit the STPP fellowship page for details about research areas and projects, and for additional fellowship information specific to STPP.
ENRP offers pre- and post-doctoral research fellowships in environmental and energy policy; and energy, security, and international politics. ENRP also welcomes applications from practitioners with a demonstrated interest in environment, energy, or natural resources issues in China and who are working in the Chinese government at the central, provincial, or local level; or in the private sector.
- Sustainable Development of the Energy Sector in China (joint with STPP and HKS’s Sustainability Science Program)
- Geopolitics of Energy (joint with STPP)
- China Environmental Sustainability (for practitioners)
- 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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