The Academy Scholars Program at Harvard University

Deadline: 1 October 2015
Open to: all recent PhD recipients and doctoral candidates
Fellowship: annual stipend of USD 67,000 for postdoctoral scholars; annual stipend of USD 31,000 predoctoral scholars


The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.

Academy Scholars are appointed for two years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard University facilities. They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.


This call is open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars; those in possession of a PhD longer than three years are ineligible.


Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of USD 67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of USD 31,000. This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.

How to apply?

All application materials must be received by the deadline of 1 October 2015. In the online application form the following documents must be included:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume;
  • Research proposal (2500 word maximum);
  • Official PhD program transcript;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

All parts of the application are submitted online except for the official PhD program transcript which must be mailed to the Academy by post:

The Academy Scholars Program
Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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For more information please visit the official website.

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