Democracy Doctoral Fellowships

Apply for the AY 2022-2023 Competition Here

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 our weekly democracy fellow seminar series. 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, please 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

Applications for AY 2022-2023 can be submitted online by following this link. The deadline for applications is Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET.

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 Jose Martinez.

FAQ

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

- I accidently submitted my application without completing it. Can you delete this application?
        If two applications are recieved 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 in PDF format, and upload a paper or writing sample in PDF format.

- Can I confirm that my application was received?
        After you have submitted your application, you should have received a message confirming submission. You should also receive an email confirmation to the address submitted in your application.

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

- Does this fellowship require me to be in or re-locate to Cambridge?   

Doctoral Fellows would be expected to reside in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area for the duration of their appointment. A critical part of the fellowship is a weekly democracy fellow seminar series, which takes place in person. 

-  Am I eligible for this fellowship if I am completing a Juris Doctor (J.D.)? 

This fellowship is for Harvard Ph.D. candidates only. S.J.D. or Doctor of Law candidates at Harvard Law School are eligible to apply. However, students in Harvard Law School’s J.D. Program are not eligible.  

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.