Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship for Social sciences/Law Ph.D. And Doctoral Candidates in the Harvard University Academy Scholars Program 2021

If you hold a Ph.D. in a discipline in the social sciences or law, here’s your chance to receive funding to pursue research projects and gain innovative training in a field of your choice.

In addition to funding, selected fellows will receive a two-year, in-residence, postdoctoral fellowship appointment at The Harvard Academy; tutoring from mentors and overall receive tools to enable them to actualize their potential.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020


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The fellowship provides postdoctoral Academy Scholars in the program:

  • Annual funding of $70,000 for the duration of the fellowship 
  • Annual funding of $31,000, for candidates selected before earning their Ph.D., until they receive their Ph.D.
  • Conference funding 
  • Research funding 
  • Travel fares
  • Research assistants
  •  Medical insurance 


The fellowship is open to:

  • Candidates who hold a Ph.D. / Doctorate (or equivalent)  in the social sciences or law received after September 30, 2017.
  • Candidates still pursuing a Ph.D. (or equivalent professional degree) but with completed routine training, and currently writing their theses. 


  • Applications are open to all qualified individuals without any limitations on nationality, gender, or race.
  • Some teaching is permitted but not required for successful candidates.
  • Regarding transcripts from foreign universities: 

The fellowship’s reviewers will assess as much transcript-like official documentation as the Registrar at the applicant’s university can provide, for all graduate work—both for the Master’s and PhD programs in which the applicant has been or are currently enrolled.

  • The program requires no copies of published papers or abstracts as part of the application process. Do not include them in your application.

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Application Instructions

Applicants who satisfy the criteria for eligibility should follow the application procedure below:

  • Submit the following documents with your completed application:
    • A Cover letter detailing  your academic field, country or region of specialization, and proposed research topic;
    • An updated Curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé that includes your list of publications
    • A research proposal (not to exceed 2500 word) including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work;
    • A copy of your Ph.D. program transcript;
    • 3 recommendation letters addressed to the Selection Committee

All parts of the application, including the three letters of recommendation, are to be submitted online as PDF files and uploaded through the online application portal.

If in doubt, email questions to as incomplete applications will not be considered. 

About the Harvard University Academy Scholars Program

The Harvard University Academy Scholars Program supports exceptional early-career individuals whose work exhibits disciplinary excellence in the social sciences or law. 

The program caters to scholars with a command of the language and history or culture of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada.

Scholars chosen for the program are outstanding and qualified candidates who receive a two-year, in-residence, postdoctoral fellowship appointment at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 

Annually, 4-6 Academy Scholars are awarded the two-year appointments.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All application with relevant documentation should be submitted and uploaded by the deadline of October 1st 2020, 11:59 PM(EST Time Zone)

The Selection Committee will evaluate all applicants in one applicant pool.

Selected Scholars in the Harvard University Academy Scholars Program are expected to reside in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes or the Harvard University’s coronavirus pandemic response dictates a swap to an online campus.

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