Applications are invited for Harvard Academy Scholars Program available to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. The program is open to scholars from all countries. Fellowships are awarded to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000 and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000.
Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history or culture of non-Western countries or regions. The following fields are 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.
Course Level: Fellowships are available to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas.
Scholarship Provider: Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Scholarship can be taken at: USA
-The Academy Scholars Program is open to scholars from all countries and citizenships.
-Applicants who are already enrolled in or who have recently completed a PhD or equivalent doctoral program in the social sciences. Predoctoral candidates must have finished all field research and be in the writing stage of their dissertation at the time of application. If you have completed a PhD program, the PhD completion date must be within three years of October 1 application deadline.
-It is not necessary to apply specifically as a predoctoral or postdoctoral candidate, as the Selection Committee considers all applicants in one applicant pool. Do, however, indicate your anticipated completion date to the Committee.
-Finalists must be available to travel for a personal interview on November interview date. The Harvard Academy will arrange and pay for all travel and hotel accommodations for the finalists to interview in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Scholars from all countries can apply for the fellowships
Scholarship Description: 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. 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.
Number of award(s): Each year four to five Academy Scholars are named for two-year appointments.
Duration of award(s): Fellowships will be offered for two years.
What does it cover? 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.
Selection criteria: Selection to the Harvard Academy is very competitive. The number of Academy Scholars selected each year depends upon the plans of the other Academy Scholars at the Harvard Academy. Each Academy Scholar is awarded four terms of residence, with stipend, at the Harvard Academy. The four terms must be taken within four years of the fall term after the initial selection. Since patterns of attendance change, the number of Harvard Academy Scholars chosen in any selection cohort varies.
Notification: Finalists will be invited to Cambridge for interviews with the Senior Scholars on November 21, 2014. Announcement of the awards will be made in December.
How to Apply: There is no application form. The following materials are required for a complete application:
-a current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (include 3 copies)
-a statement of the applicant’s proposed research—usually, preparing the dissertation for publication or completion—including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work (no more than 2,500 words; include 3 copies)
-an official copy of each graduate transcript
-three letters of recommendation
-a cover letter which succinctly states the applicant’s academic field, country or region of specialization, and proposed or actual research topic (include 3 copies)
Please do not staple materials. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Applications should be submitted via post.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is October 1, 2014.
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