Weatherhead Scholars Program

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) at Harvard University invites applications to its Scholars Program for 2017–2018. Established in 1958, the WCFIA is the largest international social science research center within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. We support international, transnational, global, and comparative research, whether historical or contemporary, including policy analysis.

This new program offers visiting faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and experienced practitioners the opportunity to spend up to one academic year at Harvard.

Visiting Faculty

We will consider faculty in the social sciences from other universities and programs, as well as academics employed by think tanks.

Postdoctoral Researchers

We will consider individuals who have obtained their PhDs in the last three calendar years, or who will have defended by the start of their academic appointment.

Experienced Practitioners

We will consider practitioners with an established record of professional achievement, including civil servants, heads of NGOs, and journalists, among others. All Visiting Fellows are expected to pursue a research project.

Who Is Eligible

Faculty and postdoctoral applicants must possess a PhD at the time of application, and all applicants must agree to be in residence for a minimum of four months (at least three of these during the academic year). They should be able to secure their own funding from sabbatical salary or external grants. There will, however, be some funding for a small number of postdoctoral researchers.

Program Activities and Benefits

During their time in residence, Scholars are expected to present their research in biweekly Weatherhead Scholars seminars; participate in the monthly Director’s Seminar; contribute to some of the Center’s many other intellectual activities, including our new research clusters (to be announced in April); and engage with the undergraduate and graduate student communities.

Scholars will also have a desk in a shared office and access Harvard’s vast library system, and be able to audit courses throughout campus (with the instructor’s permission).

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail to the Weatherhead Center no later than April 1, 2017. All applicants should submit the following: cover letter; curriculum vitae (five pages maximum); description of research project (three pages or less); and two letters of recommendation. We may contact individual applicants to schedule an interview, either in person or via Skype. Applicants will be notified in April.

For more information on the program, including costs associated with participation, please contact Dr. Kathleen Molony, Director, Weatherhead Scholars Program, Harvard University, 61 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Email: Phone: 617-495-2112.

Note: General information on living expenses, visas, and health coverage is available on the website of the Harvard International Office.