The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the stimulating environment of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. STPP is a research, teaching, and outreach program of the Belfer Center, devoted to the intellectual exploration of the critical role that science and technology play in society and the complex interplay between scientific and technological innovation and public policy.
STPP Fellows are provided with a stipend, benefits, and some support for research and travel expenses. Each fellow, in consultation with Prof. Dan Schrag, Director of STPP, will be assigned a faculty mentor affiliated with the STPP Program to supervise his or her research. We anticipate that the mentors will be active participants in the research activities.
Applications are encouraged in three major research areas: Energy Innovation and Deep Decarbonization; Cybersecurity and Digital Technology Policy; and Emerging Issues in Science, Technology and Public Policy. In addition, there are several faculty-specific research opportunities associated with ongoing research projects available on the official webpage (see "Further OFficial Information" below this announcement).
Energy Innovation and Deep Decarbonization
(Joint with ENRP)
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 led by Dan Schrag (Director of STPP) and Henry Lee (Director of ENRP) 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.
- Unofficial transcript (pre-doctoral fellowship applicants only)
- Research statement (3–5 pages) For those applying for a cybersecurity fellowship, the first page should be a separate statement of no more than 500 words that describes the policy relevance of at least one piece of the proposed research. This statement should include a clear articulation of the intended audience, as well as the problem or problems that the research will help the intended audience address. This statement should be combined with the research proposal into a single .pdf.
- Writing sample (less than 50 pages)
- Contact information for 3 recommenders submitting letters on your behalf
Potential fellows should apply through the Belfer Center's regular fellowship process to one of the research projects specified above and should highlight research interests that are relevant to STPP.
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 (see "Further Official Information" below).
For further information about the STPP fellowship programs:
STPP Fellowship Coordinator