The 2015 Academy Scholars Program seeks to identify and support innovative and creative scholars at the start of their careers who successfully combine disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) 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.
This competition is only open to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars; those in possession of a PhD longer than three years are ineligible.
Every postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual funding stipend of $67,000, while predoctoral Academy Scholars will be awarded an annual stipend of $31,000. This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.
Applications will be welcome from qualified indivduals without bais to nationality, gender, or race
How to Apply
Note that all completed application materials must be received by the deadline of October 1. Late applications will not be prcoessed.
The completed application will include:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
- Research proposal (2500 word maximum)
- Official PhD program transcript
- Three letters of recommendation
The online application is accessed thru the homepage of the Academy’s website. All parts of the application are submitted online except for the official PhD program transcript which must be mailed to the Academy.
The mailing address for the official PhD program transcript is:
The Academy Scholars Program
Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
For express mail services requiring a telephone number, use 617.495.2137.
Please note that letters must be addressed to the “Selection Committee.”
Letters of recommendation will need to arrive by the deadline of October 1.