This initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs aims to help build the next generation of men and women who will bring professional history to bear on strategic studies and major issues of international affairs.
The Ernest May Fellowships honor Ernest May, Charles Warren Professor of American History, a member of the Belfer Center's board of directors, and a faculty affiliate of the Center's International Security Program, who passed away in June 2009.
The Ernest May Fellows are housed at the Belfer Center and participate in the activities of the Center as part of the International Security Fellows group. They will have access to most Harvard University libraries and facilities. Niall Ferguson, Laurence Tisch Professor of History at Harvard and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors, serves as the point of contact and mentor for the fellows.
Preference will be given to History PhD students or post-doctoral researchers, but scholars in other fields whose research projects have a strong historical focus will receive consideration. The fellowships include ten-month stipends of either $38,000 (for post-doctoral or advanced research fellows) or $27,000 (for pre-doctoral fellows).
Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the project director. They are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence.
The 2016-2017 fellowship application period is now closed. Please check back in November for information on the 2017-2018 fellowship application process.
Please visit the Belfer Center Application Procedure page for more information on the Center’s other research fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars.