A cornerstone of the RCC mission at Harvard is the attraction and support to young talent. Due to the traditional structure of academic careers, Junior Scholars who have just received their doctorate usually find it more difficult to gain access to the most prestigious universities, either for reasons related to curriculum development or lack of funding. Along with this, another problem common to the Junior Scholars is the possibility of making internationalization compatible with the academic career in the universities of their preference. This call aims to tackle the above mentioned activities.
The present program is an extraordinary opportunity that provides funding for carrying out research at Harvard University. These grants are addressed to recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their field, as well as promoting the connection between their home universities and Harvard University at large.
Within the scope of its mission RCC provides grant funding for Postdoctoral Research Fellows with extraordinary academic record under the framework of the Distinguished Junior Scholars program. This program is directed to candidates who have recently received their PhD with honors to support the development of a research project at any of the Departments, Centers or Schools at Harvard University in the fields of sciences, humanities, law, medicine, public health, political science, economy, sociology, education, engineering, architecture, or any other field of study available at Harvard University.
- Candidates must have completed their PhD (having enjoyed a FPU, FPI, Autonomous Community PhD Program, University PhD Program scholarship) at any of the RCC Member Universities between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 and graduated with honors (or the highest equivalent academic distinction), within the above-mentioned PhD excellence programs.
- Provide an Admission Letter from the Harvard University department, school or research center stating that they are supporting the applicant’s research project, as well as sponsoring their J-1 Visa during the entire two-year period.
- Provide a valid TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 100 points. To be considered valid, TOEFL iBT scores must be sent directly from ETS to the RCC. Without this document the Research Grant cannot be awarded, as it is a necessary requirement. Expired TOEFL certificates, and any other English proficiency tests, will not 3 be accepted. Candidates must submit proof that they have taken the test on or before the stated deadline for applications, when completing their online application form.
- Submit their application and annexes online through the RCC’s website (rcc.harvard.edu). Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadline to be considered for admission. Only applications which fulfill all of the requirements of the call in due time will be taken into account. Those who do not comply with the procedures and deadlines will not be considered.
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