STPP offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations prior to appointment and have made significant progress on their dissertations. Applications for post-doctoral research 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 that have appropriate professional experience. STPP seeks applicants from a wide range of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary fields and those holding a Ph.D. in Engineering or in the Natural Sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. STPP 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 fellows are expected to contribute to the Program's research activities, as well as work on—and ideally complete—their doctoral dissertations. Post-doctoral research 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 residence for the duration of their fellowship.
Applications are welcome for fellowships in the following research areas for the 2015–2016 academic year:
The Cyber Project
Fellows will be expected to collaborate and work across diverse arenas to investigate the impacts and consequences of new information and communications technologies for international security, political and economic development, and social welfare. Research topics include cyber offense and defense; Internet policy and regulatory reform; infrastructure governance and protection; the cyber-electricity grid nexus; and privacy and surveillance.
Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group (ETIP), joint with the Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP)
Fellows will work to identify and to promote energy policy strategies for reducing conventional air pollution, minimizing emissions of climate-altering gases, lessening dependence on imported fuels, stimulating economic development, and alleviating poverty. A wide variety of research interests in the electricity, transportation, and other energy sectors will be considered.
Water-Energy Nexus Project
Fellows will explore the role that policy and innovation can play to incentivize a more efficient use of water and energy resources in different sectors and/or regions. ETIP is particularly interested in seeking proposals relevant to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and China, on topics including (but not limited to) the viability of solar-power desalination. Water-Energy Nexus is a project of the ETIP research group.
Sustainable Development of the Energy Sector in China, joint with ENRP and HKS's Sustainability Science Program (SSP)
The China Initiative addresses the environmental implications of energy policies in China and explores how China can manage these implications. Fellows work to identify and promote policies that will contribute to the thoughtful use of China's natural resources (e.g., water, land) and/or the adoption of cleaner and less carbon-intensive industrial and energy technologies. Research areas include, but are not limited to: analyzing the impact of energy and industrial policies on water scarcity and air pollution; assessing polices to promote a low-carbon energy portfolio; and an analysis of options to improve the efficient use of energy. Post-doctoral and mid-career candidates, especially those who speak Chinese, are particularly encouraged to apply. Sustainable Development of the Energy Sector in China is a project of the ETIP research group.
Technology & Innovation
STPP welcomes applications from researchers interested in investigating the process of technology innovation and the role of policy promoting it. This fellowship is not focused on a particular sector or geographic area and particularly welcomes applications from scientists and technologists interested in public policy issues related to technology innovation. Among other topics, one particular area of interest during the 2015–2016 academic year will be on the role of university and industry linkages and its impact on innovation in countries in the Middle East (including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and others).
Solar Geoengineering and Climate Policy
Solar geoengineering is a set of technologies that would reflect a small portion of incoming sunlight away from the Earth in order to moderate global temperatures and partially offset the climate risks caused by emissions of greenhouse gases. Solar geoengineering poses complex challenges for climate policy and for global governance more generally, not least because it appears that many if not most individual states could readily use these tools to alter the global climate. Fellows will be expected to work in collaboration with faculty at HKS along with international research efforts to improve understanding of the options for governance of solar geoengineering and the possible role of solar geoengineering as part of a larger climate policy portfolio. Fellows will join a rapidly growing research group with interdisciplinary links at both HKS and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Fellowships are open to applicants with any disciplinary background, although some science or engineering background is preferred.
Science, Technology, and Globalization (STG)
Fellows will undertake research, conduct training, provide policy advice, and disseminate information on interactions between technological innovation and globalization, with particular emphasis on implications for developing countries. This is a nonstipendiary fellowship.
Agricultural Innovation in Africa (AIA)
Fellows will study agricultural science and technology policy improvement through Africa's Regional Economic Communities (RECs). AIA Fellows will be expected to engage with policymakers and focus information dissemination on efforts to align science and technology missions and operations with agricultural development goals in the RECs, as part of the larger agenda to promote regional economic integration. This is a nonstipendiary fellowship.
Project on Managing the Atom (MTA), joint with the International Security Program (ISP)
Project on Managing the Atom research focuses on reducing the risk of nuclear and radiological terrorism, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, reducing the dangers of existing nuclear stockpiles, and assessing the future of civilian nuclear power. Researchers interested in strengthening international cooperation on nonproliferation, aspects of preventing nuclear terrorism, and nuclear policy issues in the Middle East and East Asia are particularly encouraged to apply. Also encouraged are proposals examining steps toward the prohibition of nuclear weapons.
Geopolitics of Energy, joint with ENRP
The Geopolitics of Energy focuses on topics related to the intersection of international politics, security, and energy. The research fellow or visiting scholar will contribute to the Geopolitics of Energy project's efforts to explore the nexus of politics—broadly defined—and energy and to highlight policymaker issues of upcoming importance in this arena. A wide variety of research interests will be considered, although the project is particularly interested in work related to the foreign-policy and national security implications of the unconventional oil and gas boom, geopolitical implications of alternative energy, resource nationalism, resource mercantilism, energy strategies of great powers, the future of OPEC, international institutions, and competition in the Arctic. Geopolitics of Energy is a joint project with ENRP.
An STPP fellowship appointment will include a full Belfer Center fellowship stipend plus a supplemental stipend, together totaling $37,500 for post-doctoral fellows, and $25,000 for pre-doctoral fellows, over the ten month academic year (September–June). STPP also offers a possibility of renewal through June 2016, with a continuing monthly stipend of $3,750 for post-doctoral fellows, and $2,500 for pre-doctoral fellows, (equivalent to $45,000 and $30,000, respectively, on a yearly basis). Stipends for advanced research fellows may vary by project. STPP fellows have the option to enroll in Harvard University's employee health insurance program at a heavily subsidized rate for the duration of their fellowship, as well.
- Unofficial transcript (pre-doctoral fellowship applicants only)
- Research statement (3–5 pages)
- Writing sample (less than 50 pages)
- Contact information for 3 recommenders submitting letters on your behalf
Potential fellows should apply through the Belfer Center's regular fellowship process to one of the research projects specified above and should highlight research interests that are relevant to STPP.
The 2015–2016 fellowship application period is now closed. Please check back in November for information on the 2016–2017 fellowship application process.
For further information about the STPP fellowship programs:
STPP Fellowship Coordinator
Please visit the Belfer Center's Application Procedure page for more information on the Center's other research fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars.