Environment and Natural Resources Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017-18, Harvard University

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ENRP offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers for one year, with a possibility for renewal. 

Applicants for pre­-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations prior to appointment and have made significant progress on their dissertations. Applications for post-doctoral research fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the PhD or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions that have appropriate professional experience. ENRP seeks applicants from a wide range of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary fields, and those holding a PhD in engineering or in the natural sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. ENRP also encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. Pre-doctoral fellows are expected to contribute to the Program's research activities, as well as work on—and ideally complete—their doctoral dissertations. Post-doctoral research fellows are expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. All fellows are expected to be in residence for the duration of their fellowship.

Applications are welcome for fellowships in the following research areas for the 2017–2018 academic year:

U.S. Climate Policy

Fellows will contribute to ongoing research projects on climate change related issues, including, but not limited to climate mitigation policy, land use and carbon sinks, and climate change adaptation. Applications from scholars working on advancing U.S. climate and energy policy with a focus on state and federal government policy interaction are also welcome.

Energy Innovation and Deep Decarbonization, joint with STPP

The world energy system is in the early stages of a transformation, driven by concerns about climate change and other environmental issues, by geopolitics and security, and by technological innovation and changing costs.  The broad goal of this new project, which replaces the Energy Technology Innovation Project (ETIP), is to understand the interactions between policies and technologies as the world struggles to decarbonize the energy system, while simultaneously addressing concerns about security, reliability, and cost. This project is lead by Henry Lee (Director of ENRP) and Dan Schrag (Director of STPP), and involves many other faculty members at the Harvard Kennedy School working on energy and climate policy.

There are currently two major areas of focus for this program.

Policies for low-carbon development in China Achieving deeper levels of carbon emissions reductions in China (i.e., beyond 2030) is a formidable challenge because of the enormous dependence on large, coal-fired power plants for electricity generation and the rapidly growing demand for petroleum in transportation. Applications are encouraged from scholars interested in exploring various strategies to achieve deep reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from China through policy design and energy technology innovation, focusing on both renewable energy penetration and deployment of nuclear energy and the interaction between conventional pollution abatement and carbon emission reduction.

Challenges and opportunities for nuclear power — For some regions of the world with limited renewable resources, nuclear power is a critical component of plans to achieve low-carbon goals.  Even in countries with substantial renewable options, uncertainty about managing intermittent power sources makes nuclear power an attractive option. Applications are encouraged from scholars interested in exploring policy pathways to broader deployment of existing nuclear energy technologies, including risks and obstacles, as well as policy pathways to next-generation nuclear technologies.


Potential fellows should apply through the Belfer Center's regular fellowship process to one of the research areas specified above and should highlight research interests that are relevant to ENRP.

The 2017-2018 application period is now open and will close on January 15, 2017. Recommendations will be due on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Decisions will be announced by March 31, 2017. To apply, please complete the online application form on the official website (click "Further official inoformation" below this announcement).

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