Radcliffe Institute Invites Applications for Fellowship Program

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

To advance that mission, the institute is inviting applications to its 2020-21 Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program, which annually awards fellowship grants to exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists  whose work is making a difference in their fields and the larger world. In 2019-20, up to fifty fellows will receive a stipend of $77,500, an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses, and the opportunity to step away from their usual routines and dive deeply into a project. Fellows also convene regularly throughout the year to share their work in progress.

While not exclusive, the following projects are of special interest to the institute: applications from scholars and practitioners who connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or who seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia. Projects may focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections, and one fellow will be designated a Mellon-Schlesinger fellow in conjunction with a project commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

The deadline for applications in the humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 12, while the deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is October 3.

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 2018 for the 2020-21 fellowship year) and 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 2018 for the 2020-21 fellowship year) and have published at least five articles in refereed journals. (Note: most science, engineering, and math fellows have published dozens of articles.)

Applicants need not be affiliated with an academic institution to be eligible. The program does accept group applications of two or three individuals who propose to work on the same project. 

See the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


Deadline: September 13, 2019