The Weatherhead Center encourages Faculty Associates to nominate visiting scholars whose presence at the University will directly inform their research. Through these nominations, Faculty Associates are able to bring to the Center those with whom they wish to work while also enriching the intellectual life of the Center.
In addition to accepting the applications of scholars at large whose work holds the interest of a Faculty Associate, the Center has two special programs for visiting scholars to receive outside support:
- In cooperation with the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, which is dedicated to the support of scholarship and research and is based in Cologne, Germany, the Weatherhead Center's Program on Transatlantic Relations encourages faculty to seek the application of prospective visiting scholars from Eastern and Western Europe as Fritz Thyssen Fellows. Applicants should either hold German citizenship or have a close link with a German academic institution. Upon a candidate's submission of an application, the Center will seek financial support for up to two candidates per year in residence at the Center from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, which retains the right of final approval.
- Since 1998, the Schumpeter Society in Austria has invited annually one Schumpeter Research Fellow, an Austrian citizen, to be in residence at Harvard for a full academic year to collaborate with Center faculty. Inquiries must be made with the Schumpeter Society in Vienna.
Who Is Eligible
Faculty Associates are eligible to nominate scholars who have completed a doctorate and are conducting independent research on current issues relating to the core interests of the Center. This research focuses on international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues and may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States.
In a few cases the Center may be able to accept predoctoral fellows. They must be nominated by Faculty Associates who will work closely with the nominee. These visitors will receive a Harvard appointment through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A faculty committee will review nominations, but the Center can only accommodate these visiting scholars on the basis of available space.
Nominations for visiting scholars can be made directly to the Center's executive director, Steven B. Bloomfield. Nominees should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief project proposal, and the names of three academic references. The WCFIA Steering Committee reviews applications for visiting scholars, while the Center's Program on Transatlantic Relations reviews applications for the Fritz Thyssen and Schumpeter Fellowships.
Nominations can be made throughout the academic year, but candidates are encouraged to apply early because of office space limitations.
Visiting scholars are expected to be in residence for a full academic year or a full semester. For 2014–2015, visitors are charged $10,000 to cover costs associated with their stay. Faculty Associates may, however, request some Center financial support for a nominated visiting scholar.