Harvard Environmental Fellows Program 741 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Harvard University Center for the Environment is calling on recent doctorate recipients keen to conduct research into complex environmental issues using the extraordinary resources available at Harvard to apply for its 2019 Environmental Fellows program. The Environmental Fellows will work for 2 years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge and strengthen connections across the University’s academic disciplines; hence, this Fellowship requires residency in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Fellows can start from 1 July 2019.

About 6 Environmental Fellows will be selected for 2019. Fellows and hosts may include people with degrees in the sciences, economics, law, government, public policy, public health, medicine, design, and the full array of humanities, and research topics will be equally varied. Applicants must find their own faculty hosts, who must be tenure-track professors at Harvard (see the Official Website for list of affiliated faculty).


The fellowship provides an annual salary of US$68,000, health insurance, up to $2,500 reimbursement for relocation expenses, and a US$2,500 annual allowance for travel and other professional expenses. All fellows attend bi-weekly dinners along with Harvard faculty and a speaker from the Harvard faculty.


Applicants for the 2019 Environmental Fellowships should have a doctorate or comparable terminal degree awarded between May 2015 and August 2019. Fellows must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment in September 2019.

Doctorate degree or equivalent holders in any field, of any nationality and from any university in the world are eligible, who may propose research projects in any discipline. Candidates without a PhD may apply if they have studied in fields where the PhD is not the typical terminal degree. All candidates must have experience performing scholarly research. Applicants must secure a commitment from 1 or more Harvard faculty members to serve as a mentor and to provide office or lab space for the 2-year fellowship.

Candidates who received terminal degrees from Harvard, and post-docs currently working at Harvard are eligible for the fellowship provided their research and host arrangements take them in new directions and forge new connections within the University. Harvard candidates should not propose to continue to work with the same professors or lab groups with whom they are currently associated.

Applicants cannot propose to work extensively with their thesis advisors. The proposed project should represent an independent line of inquiry, clearly extending beyond the candidate’s Ph.D. work as well as the host’s ongoing research. The relevance of the proposed work for addressing environmental issues, along with demonstration of excellent potential for intellectual achievement, are critical factors in the selection process. Interdisciplinary research projects are encouraged, although this is not a requirement for the fellowship, and candidates with interests in a single discipline are also encouraged to apply.

Proficiency in English is required.



Applications are to be done online by 16 January 2019.

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