The Harvard University Center for the Environment will be accepting applications for the Environmental Fellows Program. Program requirements can be reviewed here. Note that successful applications are contingent, in part, upon a faculty host. Details on selecting and contacting faculty hosts can be reviewed here (at bottom of page).
Deadline: Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2014 (submission opens in November 2013).
Purpose: The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines.
The award: The fellowship will provide an annual stipend of $58,000 plus health insurance, a $2,500 allowance for travel and professional expenses, and other employee benefits.
The Harvard University Center for the Environment awarded four fellowships in 2013, and expects to award approximately the same amount this year. The Center will organize a co-curricular program to ensure that the fellows get to know each other and each other’s work. All fellows will attend biweekly dinners with their colleagues, faculty members, and guests.
- Applicant’s prior academic and professional success and his or her potential contribution to scholarship or practice
- Project significance: the potential impact of the research project on scholarship at Harvard and on environmental problems
- Diversity: The selection committee will select a group of fellows in 2013 who will complement those selected the previous year, creating a group of approximately 10 men and women with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds and a diverse set of academic interests and skills. The ideal group would include fellows working with host faculty members at every one of Harvard’s professional schools and many of the departments overseen by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Recipients—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. Their research topics will be equally varied.
- Interdisciplinary research projects are encouraged, although this is not a requirement for the fellowship. Candidates with interests in a single discipline are encouraged to apply.
- Host’s commitment: the host faculty member’s enthusiasm for the proposed project and fellow, the host’s ability to mentor the fellow, and his or her ability to provide office space and a productive work environment.