Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program at Harvard

Deadline: 1 October 2013 (humanities, social science, and creative arts); 1 November 2013 (natural science and mathematics)
Open to: scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment
Fellowship: up to $70,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses


The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.

In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender, however. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. They seek to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way. Former fellows of the Radcliffe Institute (1999 to present) are not eligible to apply.

Each of the more than 650 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them. Read more HERE about current and former fellows.


Stipends are funded up to $70,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. They work with fellows with families who have particular issues connected to relocating to smooth the transition. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2014 through May 31, 2015.

Visual artists and film, video, sound, and new media artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $35,000. If you fall in this category and are interested in only coming for one semester, please indicate that in your abstract. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, they expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.


The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually selects and supports 50 leading artists and scholars who have both exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments.

  • Humanists and Social Scientists: Scholars in any field with a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree at least two years prior to appointment (by December 2012) in the area of the proposed project are eligible to apply. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections are eligible to apply.
  • Creative Artists: Artists and writers need not have a Ph.D. or an M.F.A. to apply; however, they cannot be students in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission unless the dissertation has been accepted by advisors.
  • Creative Writers: Fiction and Nonfiction: Applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published.
    Poetry: Applicants must have had at least 20 poems published in the last five years or a published book of poetry and must be in the process of completing a manuscript.
  • Journalists: Applicants in this genre are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.
  • Playwrights/Screenwriters: Applicants in this genre must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, a play or screenplay produced or under option.
  • Film, Video, Sound and New Media Artists: Applicants must have a body of independent work of significant achievement. Such work will typically have been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television or radio.
  • Musicians: Composers: It is highly desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a Ph.D. or D.M.A.
  • Theater Performers: Applicants must have a significant body of work characterized by originality, reach, and mastery of technique. Reviewers expect that the artist has worked in at least two professional theaters or venues.
  • Visual Artists: Applicants must show strong evidence of achievement, with a record of at least five years of work as a professional artist, including participation in several curated group shows and at least two professional solo exhibitions.
  • Natural Scientists and Mathematicians: Scholars in any field with a doctorate in the area of the proposed project by December 2012 are eligible to apply. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in journals are eligible to apply. Because of collaboration with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, topics related to research in this area are of particular interest.

Please note: Applicants may not be students in a degree program at the time of application submission. See further eligibility information HERE.


The deadline for humanities, social science, and creative arts is October 1, 2013. The deadline for natural science and mathematics is November 1, 2013. You must register online HERE and complete the application online. Applicants are notified of the results of the selection process in March.

Send your questions to fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu (humanities, social sciences, and creative arts)
 or sciencefellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu (natural sciences and mathematics). For further information, see the official website HERE.

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