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Harvard Fellowships in Sustainability Science
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Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 15 Jan 2014 (annual)
Study in:  USA
Next program starts September 2014

Brief description:

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University offers doctoral, post-doctoral, and mid-career fellowships in Sustainability Science. The fellowships are tenable during Harvard’s academic year beginning in September 2014. Fellowships are available for 10 months (September 2014-May 2015), 12 months (September 2014-August 2015), the fall 2014 semester or spring 2015 semester (mid-career fellows only), or for two academic years (post-doctoral fellows only) (September 2014-August 2016).

Host Institution(s):

Center for International Development at Harvard University, USA

Fields of study:

Any area of sustainability science.  Preference in this year’s competition will be given to applicants whose proposals complement one or more of the four initiatives for the year. Read more about the year’s focus at this link.

Number of Awards:

Each year, the Sustainability Science Program recruits approximately 15-20 fellows to work with one another and with Harvard faculty.

Target group:

Doctoral and post-doctoral students and mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice that advances the goals of the Sustainable Science Program.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The Sustainability Science Fellowship is based on a 12-month stipend of $55,000 for post-doctoral fellows, $28,000 for doctoral fellows, and a negotiated amount for mid-career fellows depending on their citizenship, current salary, current employment location, seniority, and other sources of support ($35,000 maximum).  Read more about the support given by the program here.

Special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy, China, Brazil, India or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply.


The Sustainability Science Fellowships are open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice that advances the goals of the program.

Prospective fellows should have a focused personal research or writing objective that is consistent with those goals. In addition, applicants should be interested in spending some of their time as fellows in collaborations with other fellows and faculty in the program in ways that will advance the interdisciplinary, problem-driven agenda of sustainability science more broadly.

Applications for the mid-career fellowships areinvited from individuals in governmental, non-governmental, private organizations, or academia with at least five years of professional experience doing work involved in linking science and practice for sustainable development. Applications for the post-doctoral fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree. (Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. between 2010 and 2014.)

Applicants for a doctoral fellowship must currently be enrolled in a doctoral program and have passed their qualifying exams (completed coursework and passed oral and/or written exams) by July 2014. Applicants whose doctoral programs do not require qualifying exams must have completed all the required coursework for the Ph.D., since fellows will not be doing course work while at Harvard. Applications are solicited from individuals working in the natural and social sciences as well as relevant professions.

Application instructions:

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.  Applications for the 2014 fellowship are due 15 January 2014.


Official Scholarship Website and FAQs: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/cid/programs/sustsci/grants-fellowships/fellows/fellowships-in-sustainability-science