STPP offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers for one year, with a possibility for renewal. 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. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations prior to appointment and have made significant progress on their dissertations. 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. Post-doctoral research fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Pre-doctoral fellows are expected to contribute to the Program's research activities, as well as work on—and ideally complete—their doctoral dissertations.
Applications are welcome for fellowships in the following research areas for the 2014–2015 academic year:
Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age (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, 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. In addition, ETIP is particularly interested in reviewing new applications for work on innovation in biofuels.
Water-Energy Nexus Project
Fellows will explore the role that policy and innovation could play to incentivize a more efficient use of water and energy resources in different sectors and/or regions. Water-Energy Nexus is a project of the ETIP research group.
China and Environmental Sustainability Project, joint with ENRP and SSP
Fellows will work to identify and promote policies that will contribute to a thoughtful use of China’s natural resources (e.g., water, land) and/or to the adoption of cleaner and less carbon-intensive industrial and energy technologies. The work will focus on the challenges facing China in electrification, urbanization, and innovation policy. China and Environmental Sustainability is a project of the ETIP research group.
Technology & Innovation
The STPP program 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.
Geoengineering and Climate Policy
Geoengineering is the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the Earth's climate that might be used to partially offset the climate risks caused by emissions greenhouse gases. Solar Radiation Management 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 organizations such as the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative to improve understanding of the options for governance of geoengineering.
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.
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.
Geospatial Policy and Management
Geospatial technology offers nations new capacity for insight and action for health and welfare, safety and security, democracy and civic engagement, and economic prosperity. Using the tools of strategic management, geospatial technologies have the potential to transform public and private investments in these domains into results many would agree would be unattainable by traditional means. Fellows in the Geospatial Policy and Management project will be expected to investigate potentials, pathways, and means for nations, industry, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, and citizens, collaborating and using the tools of geospatial analysis, to achieve such transformative outcomes.
Managing the Atom Project (MTA), joint with the International Security Program (ISP)
For information about MTA fellowships, please visit the MTA fellowship page here>
Geopolitics of Energy, joint between ENRP and ISP
The Geopolitics of Energy project focuses on topics related to the intersection of international politics, security, and energy. Fellows and visiting scholars will contribute to the 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 geopolitics of natural gas, 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 between ENRP and ISP, though potential candidates should apply using the STPP/Belfer fellowship application process.
Geopolitics of Energy/Arctic
The Arctic is rapidly becoming an area of environmental, economic, and geopolitical importance; human activity in the far north is likely to increase substantially over the coming century—driven by the confluence of global climate change, technological development, and increasing demand for natural resources. These forces have triggered growing interest in the Arctic from scientists, businesses, and policymakers. The Research Fellow or Visiting Scholar will explore the particular environmental, economic, security, and political challenges that will emerge in the Arctic in the near future. The fellow will work in collaboration with Harvard faculty to assess policy issues related to oil and gas development, transportation, resource extraction, and the environmental protection structures established to manage ecological impacts and promote greater international cooperation. The research will be carried out as part of the broader Geopolitics of Energy project. Potential candidates should thus follow the instructions directly above for applying, but specifically indicate their interest in the Geopolitics/Arctic fellowship.
An STPP fellowship appointment will include a full Belfer Center fellowship stipend plus a supplemental stipend, together totaling $37,500 for post-doctoral or advanced research 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 2015, with a continuing monthly stipend of $3,750 for post-doctoral and advanced research fellows, and $2,500 for pre-doctoral fellows, (equivalent to $45,000 and $30,000, respectively, on a yearly basis). 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
Applications for these fellowships for the 2014–2015 academic year will be accepted until January 15, 2014. Decisions will be announced by March 31, 2014.
Potential fellows should apply through the Belfer Center's regular fellowship process to one of the research areas specified above and should highlight research interests that are relevant to STPP.
The STPP fellowship application period for 2014–2015 is now closed.
STPP Fellowship Coordinator Telephone: 617-495-1498
STPP Fellowship Coordinator
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Mailbox 53
Cambridge, MA 02138