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Harvard Belfer Center Leadership in Today's Middle East Fellowship Program, USA

Publish Date: Dec 28, 2015

Deadline: Jan 15, 2016


Eligible candidates include current doctoral students, recent recipients of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and university faculty members. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations prior to appointment. We welcome applications from political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists, legal scholars, and other social scientists. We also encourage applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these three primary areas of focus:

  1. Democratizing Politics: Establishing durable, accountable democracies not only by focusing on political institutions, but also by empowering the region's citizens.
  2. Revitalizing the State: Reforming the Middle East's social service delivery systems with a special emphasis on health, education and social protection.
  3. Democratizing Financial and Labor Markets: Working to ensure that the financial and labor markets in the Middle East benefit the entire population, not merely the elite.

Application Requirements

Applications for fellowships for the 2016-2017 year are due on January 15, 2016. Please visit this page to apply.


Fellows are generally expected to:

  • Complete a 25-30 page Working Paper to be published by the Middle East Initiative
  • Present their research at seminars open to the public
  • Attend seminars of other Middle East Initiative research fellows
  • Participate in Middle East Initiative activities as appropriate

Stipend Information

The Middle East Initiative offers ten-month stipends of $32,000 to pre-doctoral fellows and $50,000 to all other fellows. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding. All applicants should clearly indicate on their application form whether they are seeking full or partial funding, and indicate other potential funding sources. Non-stipendiary appointments are also offered, but the application process remains the same.

Other Information

Fellows are expected to be physically present at Harvard for the duration of the two-semester fellowship. Research fellows looking to write a book or who are in the process of completing a book can receive funding to complete it based on the area of research focus. Pre-doctoral research fellows are encouraged to work on, and ideally complete, their doctoral dissertations.

If you have any questions about the fellowships or application process, please email andrea_duarte@hks.harvard.edu.

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