The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

Founded in 1984, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies is dedicated to increasing our knowledge of the culture, history, and institutions of the world's major regions and countries. To accomplish this goal, it sponsors the Academy Scholars Program, organizes seminars and conferences, and supports Harvard faculty research and publications.

The Academy Scholars Program was established to identify and support outstanding scholars at the start of their academic careers whose work combines excellence in a social science discipline with a command of the language and knowledge or expertise of countries or regions outside of the United States and/or Canada. Their scholarship should span traditional disciplinary divisions and elucidate comparative, transnational, or domestic issues, past or present.

The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, and originality whose work shows promise as a foundation for careers in research universities or international institutions. They receive substantial financial and research assistance which permits them to undertake robust research projects and skills development in their chosen fields and areas. They meet at dinners, seminars, and informal get-togethers in order to pursue innovative interdisciplinary approaches to their work.

Academy Scholars are appointed for a two-year, in-residence, postdoctoral fellowship at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. They participate actively in the intellectual life of the University, engaging in seminars, workshops, and conferences. During the course of the fellowship, each Academy Scholar presents his or her work at a seminar to colleagues, Harvard Academy Senior Scholars, and other interested faculty and graduate students. Many Academy Scholars, in addition, present their book manuscript for intensive discussion at The Harvard Academy-sponsored author's conferences, to which a small number of colleagues from Harvard and other universities are invited.

They are mentored by the Harvard Academy Senior Scholars, a cohort of faculty members who act as a selection committee, participate in Harvard Academy events, and are committed to supporting the Academy Scholars as they work to achieve their potential. The Harvard Academy Senior Scholars are David R. Armitage, Melani Cammett, Timothy J. Colton, Melissa Dell, Grzegorz Ekiert, Nicholas H. Harkness, Steven R. Levitsky, Mary D. Lewis, Elizabeth J. Perry, Ajantha Subramanian, Jocelyn Viterna, Yuhua Wang, and Malika Zeghal.

In addition, the Harvard Academy Seminar brings distinguished scholars to campus. Meeting several times a year to explore new developments in social science research that are pertinent to a direct understanding of the culture, history, and institutions of specific countries or regions, the seminar—a thirty- to forty-minute presentation followed by discussion—takes place over dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club.

The Academy Scholars Program has been made possible through the generous support of the late Dr. Ira Kukin, founding benefactor of The Harvard Academy, and Albert and Celia Weatherhead and the Weatherhead Foundation.

The application deadline for the Academy Scholars Program is September 23, 2022.

The Harvard Academy is dedicated to building an inclusive community of scholars with an array of experiences, perspectives, and methods and welcomes a diverse pool of applicants.

Timothy J. Colton is the chair of The Harvard Academy. Kaori Urayama is the executive officer, and Kathleen Hoover is the program coordinator. The program offices are located at 1727 Cambridge Street.

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