2024/2025 Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship Programme

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Last Updated on June 29, 2023

Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate the Institute’s past and their present.

They welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include:

  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, they welcome proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections.
  • Climate change and its human impacts, especially projects that address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on marginalized or under-resourced communities
  • Legacies of slavery

Fellowship

  • Fellows receive a stipend of $78,000 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Note that if you are a US citizen or permanent resident coming from a home institution based in the US, you can opt to have your stipend paid through your home institution or to you directly.
  • Harvard Radcliffe Fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care support is made available as needed. If fellows would like to hire Harvard undergraduate students as Research Partners, they will cover their hourly wages.

Eligibility

Applicants in the humanities and social sciences must:

  • Have received their doctorate (or appropriate terminal degree) in the area of their proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2022 for the 2024-25 fellowship year).
  • Have published a monograph or at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections.

Applicants in science, engineering, and mathematics must:

  • Have received their doctorate in the area of the proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2022 for the 2024-25 fellowship year).
  • Have published at least five articles in refereed journals. Most science, engineering, and math fellows have published dozens of articles.

Applicants in the creative arts must meet discipline-specific eligibility requirements, as outlined below:

  • Film and Video: Applicants in this discipline must have a body of independent work of significant achievement. Such work will typically have been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television.
  • Visual Arts: Applicants in this discipline must show strong evidence of achievement, with a record of at least five years of work as a professional artist, including participation in several curated group shows and at least two professional solo exhibitions.
  • Fiction and Nonfiction: Applicants in these disciplines must have one of the following:
    • one or more published books;
    • a contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript; or
    • at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published.
  • Poetry: Applicants in this discipline must have had published at least 20 poems in the last five years or published a book of poetry and must be in the process of completing a manuscript.
  • Journalism: Applicants in this discipline are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.
  • Playwriting: Applicants in this discipline must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.
  • Music Composition: It is desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a PhD or DMA. Most importantly, the applicant must show strong evidence of achievement as a professional artist, with a record of recent performances.

Former Harvard Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.

Application

  • The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 14, 2023. 
  • The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is October 5, 2023.

The application consists of an application form, curriculum vitae, project proposal (with bibliography when appropriate), a writing or work sample, and the contact information of three references who will be prompted, via email, to upload letters of recommendation in support of your application.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship.

Deadline: October 5, 2023


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