The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Academy Scholars Program, 2018-2019
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 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. Harvard Academy Scholarships are open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Scholars applying by the October 1, 2017 deadline for the August 2018 postdoctoral fellowships must have completed the PhD or equivalent after September 30, 2014.
Academy Scholars are appointed for 2 years at 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. Some teaching is permitted but not required. 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 until they are awarded the PhD or equivalent degree. The online application for the postdoctoral fellowships beginning in August 2018 is due by October 1, 2017. Finalist interviews will take place in Cambridge on December 6, 2017. Notification of Scholarships will be made in late December, 2017. For complete information on how to apply and for access to the online application, please visit: http://www.academy.wcfia.harvard.edu.
Awarded PhD in the Social Sciences after September 30, 2014 or nearing completion of the PhD.
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. The Harvard Academy was founded in 1986 on the initiative of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Henry Rosovsky. The Harvard Academy is based on the premise that knowledge and understanding of other countries and culture...s require a combination of rigorous disciplinary skill and deep area expertise. The Academy Scholars Program identifies and trains social scientists in area studies, focusing on non-Western areas of the world. Academy Scholars are supported by the Harvard Academy to undertake research and writing for two years at Harvard University. Each year the Harvard Academy receives over 500 applications for scholarships and selects four to six for two years in residence as Academy Scholars. They receive substantial stipends and support for their research and writing at Harvard.