Democracy Doctoral Fellowships

Application for academic year 2020-2021 is now open

Applications due 11:59 PM EST on November 1, 2019

The Ash Center is a vibrant and values-driven community. We are committed to diversity and welcome people of varied backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and disciplines. We actively seek applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities and underrepresented backgrounds.

The Ash Center awards two dissertation research fellowships to Harvard Kennedy School Ph.D. candidates or other Harvard University students in related fields. The aim of this fellowship is to support well-defined doctoral work from Harvard University students focused on innovations in public participation and political participation in non-democracies.

About the fellowship

Pre-doctoral fellows join the Ash Center’s academic community and participate in the Democracy Fellows weekly seminar. The fellowship affords doctoral candidates the time and space to work on completing their dissertations without the obligation of teaching at a critical time in their program. For more information about the Democracy Fellowships, see our Five-Year Retrospective.

Eligibility

Doctoral dissertation topics should fall within the parameters of the Center’s current focus on innovations in public participation and political participation in democracies or non-democracies. Candidates should have an excellent academic record and well-defined research objectives. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects have progressed beyond the conceptual stages of the research.

Benefits

Fellows will receive a stipend of $30,000 annually and shared work space at the Ash Center.

How to Apply

The application for academic year 2020-2021 is now open. Deadline for the application is 11:59 PM EST on November 1, 2019.

The Ash Center is a vibrant and values-driven community. We are committed to diversity and welcome people of varied backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and disciplines. We actively seek applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities and underrepresented backgrounds.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have questions, please contact Teresa Acuña, Associate Director for Democratic Governance Programs.

FAQ

- Are letters of recommendation requested as part of application?
        No, letters are not requested.

- I accidentally submitted my application without completing it. Can you delete this application?
        If two applications are received by the same individual, we will use the last version submitted. 

- Can I make changes to my application packet after I have submitted?
        No, we are unable to make changes to your application.

- What does the application require?
        The application will ask you to explain your research, provide three references, upload your CV or resume as PDF, upload paper or writing   sample as PDF.

- Can I confirm that my application was received?
        When you submitted your application, you should have received a message confirming application submission that reads "We thank you for your time spent taking this survey. Your response has been recorded." If you did not see this message, your application was not submitted. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot answer individual requests for receipt confirmation.

- When will I hear the final decision?
        All applicants will be notified by early Spring next year.

Due to the volume of inquiries we are receiving, we ask that you first look at the application and if you have specific questions, please let us know and we will do our best to clarify.

Current Democracy Doctoral Fellows

Allison Puglisi, PhD candidate in American Studies (secondary Field in Women, Gender and Sexuality) at Harvard University
Gali Racabi, S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School