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Postgraduate Opportunities, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, USA

Publish Date: Mar 07, 2022

The Eurasian region is both mysterious and large, and changes there are felt all over the world. Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies brings individuals together to study this region in new and profound ways. The Center educates future leaders who will make lasting contributions and bring deep knowledge to bear on current challenges by promoting chances for original scholarship, creative instruction, and comprehensive learning within a research institution. The interdisciplinary Russian Research Center (RRC) at Harvard University was established in 1948 to bring together the social sciences to answer the pressing national need to comprehend the Cold War enemy.

Harvard University's intellectual firepower of outstanding professors, exceptional graduate students, and driven undergraduates, as well as almost seventy years of history, support the present Davis Center. The Center commits to seizing relevant opportunities for more fruitful and intensive intellectual collaboration among countries, disciplines, and generations. It faces problems that are no less outstanding than those faced by its forefathers, not least of which is establishing a viable, inventive role for multidisciplinary research in an age of fast-changing technology.

About the Library

The Davis Center Collection for Russian and Eurasian Studies has been part of Harvard's broad network of libraries and collections since the Center's inception in 1948. The Davis Center's collection was designed expressly to facilitate teaching, research, and study, and it now "lives" at Fung Library, 1737 Cambridge Street. Today, Collection staff collaborate with librarians in the AEOD section of Widener Library to acquire and develop library resources in Russia and Eurasia and provide reference and instructional services to students and researchers doing research in the region.

The DCRES offers undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and K-14 educator outreach opportunities. The program presents three postgraduate opportunities to join the Davis center community: 

  • As an associate 
  • As a fellow
  • As a visiting scholar

Career associate opportunity 

Center Associates are Eurasia-focused scholars from the New England region. On any given day at the Davis Center, you could see Center Associates attending a daytime or nighttime event, coming by to say hello on their way to one of Harvard's dozens of libraries, or meeting with a fellow Center Associate colleague for a campus talk. The Center urges applicants to join their community by applying below if they are a current or retiring faculty member or practitioner, recently graduated student, or community member undertaking scholarly research connected to the region. 

Application link: (https://bit.ly/3vKM4AC) 


  • A three-year initial term with the opportunity to renew on a case-by-case basis
  • A Davis Center profile on the web allows you to network with other researchers in the area and your subject.
  • Fung Library and Widener Library at the Davis Center have stack access.
  • Invitations to exclusive Center Associates events and other opportunities

While Center Associates are members of the Davis Center community, they do not have a formal Harvard University appointment.

How to Apply 

If an applicant is new to the Center Associate program and has never applied before, they can apply for an initial three-year term. While Center Associates are members of the Davis Center community, they do not have a formal Harvard University appointment.

More information is available on the official site following the link (https://bit.ly/3Mxjgl8)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Postdoctoral Fellowship program supports the next generation of academic experts, including political scientists, anthropologists, historians, and humanists, who develop significant ideas that stimulate new conversations and deep insights about the area.

Postdoctoral Fellows are chosen on a very competitive basis and are in residence for a full-time, nine-month period. During that time, the program aims to provide fellows with an intellectual home to pursue their research with the time, space, and resources they need. They strive to be a community where they would gain knowledge from each other, opportunities to engage with others at Harvard, and opportunities to contribute to the Davis Center's longer-term plan.

Many postdoctoral fellows develop their manuscript into a book, present their findings to the Davis Center community, and communicate with their peers during their fellowship at the Davis Center and academic departments at Harvard. The fellow experience will include encounters rich in educational experiences and meaningful connections that will endure well beyond the fellowship year. Full access to Harvard Library and the Davis Center Collection at Fung Library is helpful to past postdoctoral fellows' studies.

Benefits & Eligibility

9-month in-residence scholarship for young scholars who will have obtained their Ph.D. or equivalent by September but no earlier than five years before the applying year are eligible to apply. 

  • A stipend of up to $46,000 is available.
  • Additional research funding of $2,000
  • Employee perks, such as subsidized health insurance, are available.
  • All citizens in the world are eligible to apply.

Application instructions candidates should pay attention to (https://bit.ly/3MrSJWe)

More information is available on the official site following the link (https://bit.ly/3pETzFq)

Visiting Scholars Program

For junior and senior researchers whose research focuses on Eurasia, the visiting program provides study, training, and professional development opportunities.

Eligibility & Benefits

  • Scholars of all levels are welcome. 
  • All citizens of the world are eligible.
  • Topics relevant to Eurasia must be the focus of research proposals.
  • Scholars must seek other funding.
  • - Scholars are frequently supported by their home institutions or by external grant sources such as the Fulbright or Marie Curie programs
  • Harvard library borrowing rights
  • Invitations to exclusive events for guests and other opportunities
  • Visitors to the Davis Center may be given shared office space in specific situations.

Note: This position is unpaid and not eligible for Harvard employee benefits. 

Suppose a candidate is an early-career scholar looking for a funded position; they should consider applying to the postdoctoral fellowship program.

Applications are accepted to one or more of the terms mentioned below:

  • Fall term (September to December)
  • Spring term (January to May)
  • Both Fall and Spring terms

The application form for the following program can be found here (https://bit.ly/3J4Cb4F)

For further information, please click the "LINK TO ORIGINAL" button below.

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