The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Graduate Fellows Program

For Harvard graduate students only.

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies will appoint three Graduate Fellows for the 2014–2015 academic year to join the Harvard Academy Scholars in undertaking outstanding research in the social sciences in non-Western areas of the world. The Harvard Academy identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences, including history, 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 Graduate Fellows are full-time doctoral students at Harvard University who have completed all coursework and examinations and most of their research. They receive the fellowship during their dissertation completion year. They join a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality whose work in non-Western cultures or regions shows promise as a foundation for exceptional research careers.

Awards and Benefits

Graduate Fellows share offices in the Harvard Academy and receive the Harvard Academy predoctoral stipend of $31,000, health insurance, research funds of $2,000, and mentoring from the Harvard Academy Senior Scholars.

Who Is Eligible

Doctoral candidates in GSAS in the social sciences and history whose work focuses on non-Western countries or regions are eligible for the Harvard Academy Graduate Fellowship. They may later apply to be a Harvard Academy Scholar, though their year as a Graduate Fellow will count as one of two years as a Harvard Academy Scholar.


Fellowships begin in August. Graduate Fellows must be in residence during the academic year and participate fully in the Academy's activities. They present their research once during their year as Graduate Fellows.

How to Apply

Harvard departments in the social sciences and history may nominate graduate students as Harvard Academy Graduate Fellows. There is no self-nomination and no application form. The nominee must provide a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a statement describing their research. A dissertation chapter, an annotated table of contents or titles of papers, an official transcript, and a letter of recommendation from a Harvard faculty member are also required. The letter should include discussion of progress toward the degree.

Applications should be mailed to:

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


All materials are due on October 1, 2013. The selection process begins immediately thereafter. Applicants whose materials are late or incomplete are at a disadvantage when considered by the selection committee. Graduate Fellow finalists may be interviewed with Academy Scholar finalists in Cambridge in early December. Announcement of the awards will be made in January. For additional information contact Laurence H. Winnie, executive officer, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

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