Academy Scholars Program (Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies)

As we’re in the midst of jobs-posting season, here’s another attractive posting, this time from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies for two-year postdoctoral fellowships.  The posting reads as follows:

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a  command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions.  Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present. 

The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in non-Western cultures or regions shows promise as a foundation for  exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions.  Harvard Academy Scholarships are open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral  candidates.  Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars; those in possession of a PhD  longer than 3 years at the time of application are ineligible.

Academy Scholars are appointed for 2 years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard University facilities.  They receive substantial  financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas.  Some teaching is permitted but not required.  The Senior  Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000.

The online application for this year’s round of Academy Scholars is due no later than October 1, 2015. Interviews, meanwhile, will take place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on December 15, 2015; notification of scholarships will be made in late December 2015. Both the application as well as more information on the Harvard Academy is available via its website.

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