Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Scholarships

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines 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.

The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in non-Western cultures or regions shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions.

Academy Scholars are appointed for two years by The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard University facilities. They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive 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. Academy Scholars are expected to reside in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes.

 

Application Procedures

How to Apply:

All application materials need to arrive by the deadline of October 1. We do not accept late applications.

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 (uploaded through the online application)

Letters should be addressed to the "Selection Committee." Letters of recommendation need to arrive by the deadline of October 1. The online application is accessed through the homepage of The Harvard Academy’s website. All parts of the application are submitted online.

Questions should be emailed to: 

applicationinquiries@wcfia.harvard.edu

You may include footnotes, endnotes, and/or bibliographies in your proposed research statement, but they are not required. If you do give references, they will not count towards the 2500-word maximum for the research statement.

We require no copies of published papers or abstracts as part of our application process. Do not include them in your application packet.

Regarding transcripts from foreign universities: our reviewers read many applications from those at foreign universities and request as much transcript-like official documentation as the Registrar at your university can provide, for all graduate work—both for the Master's and PhD programs in which you have been or are currently enrolled. Your institution most likely gets these requests often and can provide the required paperwork to you upon request.

 

Eligibility Summary

The competition for these awards is open only 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.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive 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 are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.

Evaluation Criteria

The founders considered area studies expertise in non-Western parts of the world to be a valuable addition to the social science disciplines. Accordingly the Harvard Academy looks for outstanding applicants in PhD programs or with PhD degrees in disciplines normally represented as in the social sciences in universities, where most of the Academy Scholars find employment.

We define non-Western as any country other than the US, Canada, and Western Europe (as defined by the former Iron Curtain). Also, research that covers non-Western interaction with the Western region is transnational and thus eligible.

Fields of Study—accepted

African Studies
Anthropology
Asian Studies
Classics
East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Economics
Ethnic Studies
Global Health
Government
History
History of Science—non-Western
Inner Asian and Altaic Studies
International Relations
Latin American and Iberian Studies
Law
Linguistics—non-English
Medieval Studies—non-Western
Middle East Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Political Economy and Government
Political Science
Psychology
Public Policy
Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia
Sanskrit and Indian Studies
Slavic Languages and Civilization
Social Policy
Social Studies
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
Ukrainian Studies
Women, Gender, & Sexuality—non-Western

Fields of Study—not accepted (this list is not exhaustive)

Anything Western (US, Canada, and Western Europe, as defined by the former Iron Curtain)
Archeology
Architecture
Art History
Business
Literature
Geography
Management
Philosophy
Public Administration
Religion
Social Work
Urban Studies

Proposal Writing Tips:

Applicants may wish to consult the essay "On the Art of Writing Proposals" (PDF) by Przeworski and Salomon on the SSRC website. Note, however, that this essay is written with specific proposals in mind, rather than the Harvard Academy's broader interest in an applicant's research and her or his plans beyond the first project.

Deadline

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Annual Value

$67,000