Harvard Environmental Fellows Program 1466 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 2020 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. Any fieldwork trip must be scheduled for the summer or January recess.

About 5 to 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).

Potential candidates should start early to identify and establish a relationship with a Harvard faculty member to host his or her research.


The fellowship provides an annual salary of US$70,000, health insurance, 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 2020 Environmental Fellowships should have a doctorate or comparable terminal degree awarded between May 2016 and August 2020. Fellows must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment in September 2020.

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 space and basic administrative support 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, 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 10 January 2020.

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