The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the stimulating environment of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. STPP is a research, teaching, and outreach program of the Belfer Center, devoted to the intellectual exploration of the critical role that science and technology play in society and the complex interplay between scientific and technological innovation and public policy.
STPP Fellows are provided with a stipend, benefits, and some support for research and travel expenses. Each fellow, in consultation with Prof. Dan Schrag, Director of STPP, will be assigned a faculty mentor affiliated with the STPP Program to supervise his or her research. We anticipate that the mentors will be active participants in the research activities.
Applications are encouraged in three major research areas: Information Technology Policy and Security; Energy Transformation; and Emerging Issues in Science, Technology and Public Policy. In addition, there are several faculty-specific research opportunities associated with ongoing research projects available here.
Information Technology Policy and Security:
As a part of a new initiative in STPP, we are seeking research fellows to study policies related to information technology, security, and governance. Applicants for these fellowships are likely to fall within one of the following three categories of research:
Cybersecurity: As our dependence on information technology for all aspects of civilian and military activities grows, so does the challenge of keeping networks secure. Particular interests include threats to critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, the offense/defense balance in cyberspace, and ways in which new technologies, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, will affect security.
Digital Service: Many aspects of public service are being transformed by new capabilities in information technology and data science. Applications are invited from scholars interested in studying the evolving role of information technology in government, including federal, state, local, and international applications.
Digital Politics: Information technology and data science is also affecting campaigns, elections, and social movements. Applications are invited from scholars interested in understanding the interplay between technology and policy in this area.
The world energy system is in the early stages of a transformation, driven by concerns about climate change and other environmental issues, by geopolitics and security, and by technological innovation and changing costs. The broad goal of this new project, which replaces the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group (ETIP), is to understand the interactions between policies and technologies as the world struggles to decarbonize the energy system, while simultaneously addressing concerns about security, reliability, and cost. This project is led by Dan Schrag (Director of STPP) and Henry Lee (Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program), and involves many other faculty members at the Harvard Kennedy School working on energy and climate policy. Specific areas of focus include
- Energy and climate policy in China
- Managing the intermittency of wind and solar energy
Challenges and opportunities for nuclear power
Geopolitics of energy
Energy development pathways for India
Accelerating energy innovation
Energy transformation in Europe
Policy framework for deep decarbonization
Implications of U.S. natural gas boom for climate policy
Applicants focused on other areas are also encouraged to apply. In some cases, additional faculty members and research staff from Harvard can serve as mentors, with the permission of the project leaders.
Emerging Issues in Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Applications are invited from outstanding scholars working in areas of science, technology, and public policy that do not fit into other projects described elsewhere. Applicants should identify one or more faculty members at Harvard who could serve as mentors and identify the new work they plan to do as part of this fellowship.
- 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 2016–2017 fellowship application period is now closed. Please check back in November for information on the 2017–2018 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.