The Harvard Radcliffe Institute is accepting applications from scholars and artists proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeking to engage audiences beyond academia.
A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate the past and the present.
- They welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include:
- Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, they welcome proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections.
- Climate change and its human impacts, especially projects that address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on marginalized or under-resourced communities.
- Legacies of slavery
- Interdisciplinary exchange is a hallmark of the Radcliffe fellowship. They welcome proposals that take advantage of the uniquely diverse intellectual community by engaging with concepts and ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.
- Fellows receive a stipend of $78,000 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses.
- Fellows receive office or studio space in Byerly Hall–on Radcliffe Yard–and full-time Harvard appointments as visiting fellows, granting them access to Harvard University’s libraries, housing, and athletic facilities.
- If fellows would like to hire Harvard undergraduate students as Research Partners, they will cover their hourly wages. During the fellowship program, fellows are also offered several professional development opportunities.
- Duration: The fellowship runs from September 2024—May 2025.
- Applicants from throughout the world are encouraged to apply. Harvard University typically sponsors J-1 scholar visas for Harvard Radcliffe Fellows.
- Applicants in the humanities and social sciences must:
- Have received their doctorate (or appropriate terminal degree) in the area of their proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2022 for the 2024-25 fellowship year).
- Have published a monograph or at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections.
- Applicants in science, engineering, and mathematics must:
- Have received their doctorate in the area of the proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2022 for the 2024-25 fellowship year).
- Have published at least five articles in refereed journals. Most science, engineering, and math fellows have published dozens of articles.
- Applicants in the creative arts must meet discipline-specific eligibility requirements, as outlined below:
- Film and Video: Applicants in this discipline must have a body of independent work of significant achievement. Such work will typically have been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television.
- Visual Arts: Applicants in this discipline must show strong evidence of achievement, with a record of at least five years of work as a professional artist, including participation in several curated group shows and at least two professional solo exhibitions.
- Fiction and Nonfiction: Applicants in these disciplines must have one of the following:
- one or more published books;
- a contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript; or
- at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published.
- Poetry: Applicants in this discipline must have had published at least 20 poems in the last five years or published a book of poetry, and must be in the process of completing a manuscript.
- Journalism: Applicants in this discipline are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.
- Playwriting: Applicants in this discipline must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.
- Music Composition: It is desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a PhD or DMA. Most importantly, the applicant must show strong evidence of achievement as a professional artist, with a record of recent performances.
- Former Harvard Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.
- Applicants cannot be students in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission unless the dissertation has been accepted and degree is forthcoming (and field-specific eligibility requirements have been met).
- The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 14, 2023.
- The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is October 5, 2023.
For more information, visit Harvard Radcliffe Institute.
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