The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard hosts a small number of Fellows and Visitors each year
The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard Kennedy School, a leading center for STS research and training, welcomes applications to its non-stipendiary pre- and postdoctoral fellowship program for AY 2018-2019. Predoctoral fellowships are most appropriate for Ph.D. students in STS or closely related fields who have completed their qualifying exams and embarked on dissertation research and writing. Postdoctoral fellowships are most appropriate for recent Ph.D.’s pursuing research that would benefit from systematic exposure to STS theories and methods.
The Program offers a unique collegial environment in which fellows receive intensive training in STS and become an integral part of the Cambridge-based STS community. Fellows meet weekly as a group to discuss each other’s research; they also attend weekly STS Circle seminars, audit relevant Harvard graduate courses, and participate in the Program’s major events. Each year’s cohort includes students from varied backgrounds, cultures, and countries. We have hosted students from the US, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, and several European countries (e.g., Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, and the Netherlands).
Non-stipendiary fellows are expected to participate in the Program for one academic year (September-May), but shorter stays of at least one semester (about three months) may be possible with appropriate justification under exceptional circumstances. Fellows may stay for a maximum of two years with appropriate external support.
Applicants will be evaluated for their fit with the Program’s intellectual strengths and substantive research foci. Accordingly, both the research statement and the supporting letter(s) should clearly address the question of fit.
The deadline for 2018-2019 is January 31, 2018. We are no longer accepting applications for 2017-2018. 2018-2019 applicants should submit the following:
- A description of research interests and reasons for seeking affiliation with the Harvard STS Program (750 words);
- A brief curriculum vitae (2 pages);
- A supporting letter from an academic adviser evaluating the applicant’s academic performance, standing, and qualifications for the Harvard program (to be sent by the faculty member directly to Shana Ashar at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Desirable: A second letter from a faculty member trained in STS who can speak to the applicant’s background in STS.