Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present. Academy Scholars are appointed for two years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard University facilities. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

The Academy Scholars Program is open to scholars from all countries and citizenships. They consider applicants who are already enrolled in or who have recently completed a PhD or equivalent doctoral program in the social sciences.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000. This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage.

The following materials are required for a complete application:

  • a CV, including a list of publications (3 copies);
  • a statement of the applicant’s proposed research (usually, preparing the dissertation for publication or completion, including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work) - no more than 2,500 words (3 copies);
  • an official copy of each graduate transcript;
  • 3 letters of recommendation;
  • a cover letter which succinctly states the applicant’s academic field, country or region of specialization, and proposed or actual research topic (3 copies).

Application materials should be mailed by 1 October 2014 to: The Academy Scholars Program, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 1727 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.

For additional information contact: applicationinquiries@wcfia.harvard.edu.

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