Democracy Visiting Fellowships

Current Democracy Visiting Fellows

Henrique Almeida de Castro, Ph.D. Candidate, Law and Political Economy, University of São Paulo
Ying Gao, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, MIT
Caleb Miller, Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Heather Schoenfeld, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University
Jure Vidmar, Chair of Public International Law, Maastricht University
Tova Wang, Director of Policy Research, Center for Secure and Modern Elections
 

Eligibility

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation invites faculty, doctoral, and postdoctoral students to apply to its Democracy Visiting Fellowship Program and further their research on substantive democratic governance issues.

We are broadly interdisciplinary and invite scholars who use approaches from political theory and philosophy, political science, sociology, law, or history. We are especially interested in drawing scholars whose work focuses on innovations in public participation and political participation in democracies or non-democracies.

Details

The duration of the fellowship is one academic year, lasting August 1 until July 31. Visiting Fellows will be expected to participate in a weekly community seminar series and engage in the activities of the Ash Center and Harvard Kennedy School more broadly. The Democracy Visiting Fellowship carries a modest administration fee, and offers institutional support including physical and online library access, access to Harvard's electronic resources, and use of our shared fellow study space. If required, dedicated office space can be arranged that carries an additional fee.

How to Apply

Applications for the Academic Year 2021-2022 competition are now closed. Please check this webpage for future updates.

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 Democratic Governance Coordinator James Rasaiah.

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 that reads, "Thank you for completing the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation's visiting democracy fellowship application. This message confirms that your application has been received." If you did not see this message, your application was not submitted. Due to the volume of applications received, 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.