Friday, 28 August 2015

Environmental Fellowships at Harvard University

Deadline: 13 January 2016
Open to: candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field that have received their degree between May 2012 and August 2016
Fellowship: salary USD 62,000 per year, health insurance eligibility, up to USD 2,500 reimbursement for travel expenses, and a USD 2,500 allowance for travel and other professional expenses
The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines.
The Harvard University Center for the Environment expects to award approximately six fellowships for the 2016 cohort. The Center will organize a co-curricular program to ensure that the fellows get to know each other and each other’s work. All fellows will attend biweekly dinners with their colleagues, faculty members, and guests.
Candidates for 2016 Environmental Fellowships should have received their terminal degree between May 2012 and August 2016. (Fellows must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment in September 2015.);
Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline. Applicants without a PhD may apply if they have studied in fields where the PhD is not the typical terminal degree. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research;
Each candidate must secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to serve as a mentor and to provide office or lab space for the two-year fellowship;
Harvard is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The Center strongly encourages women and minorities to apply;
Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, though study at Harvard generally requires proficiency in English;
Candidates who received terminal degrees from Harvard, and post-docs currently working at Harvard are eligible for the fellowship provided their research and host arrangements take them in new directions and forge new connections within the University. Harvard candidates should not propose to continue to work with the same professors or lab groups with whom they are currently associated. No candidate should propose to work extensively with his or her thesis advisor;
Successful candidates should be prepared to commit to work at Harvard for the full two years of the fellowship. This fellowship requires residency in the Cambridge area and any fieldwork trip must be scheduled for the summer or January recess.
The fellowship include a salary of USD 62,000 per year, employee health insurance eligibility, up to USD 2,500 reimbursement for travel expenses, and a USD 2,500 allowance for travel and other professional expenses.
Please complete the online form and attach the relevant supporting documents as PDFs:
Curriculum vitae including list of publications;
Detailed research proposal, maximum of five pages, references counted separately. Within the proposal, applicants should explain their reasons for applying to a Harvard residential environmental fellowship. Note: While applicants should discuss the proposal with their potential faculty hosts, the final product should clearly be the work of the applicant;
Up to three publications/writing samples.
Three letters of reference, including one from the applicant’s dissertation adviser;
A letter of support is also required from the applicant’s host committing to serve as a mentor and explaining his or her commitment to the proposed research, including the provision of office or lab space and any financial commitments.
Applicants are encouraged to ask their referees and hosts to email letters of reference as PDFs or, if necessary, as Word documents attached to the emails. Referees and hosts should send their letters directly to the attention of Jean Gauthier at the Center at
The Center will notify applicants to confirm receipt of a complete application.
Please direct any questions to James Clem, the HUCE managing director at
For more information please visit the official website.

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