Democracy Visiting Fellowships

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation invites faculty, doctoral, and postdoctoral students to apply for its Democracy Visiting Fellowships. The Ash Center aims to support research on democratic governance that addresses substantive concerns and offers normative or practical guidance regarding those concerns. For more information about the Democracy Fellowships, see our Five-Year Retrospective.


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.


The duration of the fellowship is one academic year, from August 1 until July 31. Visiting Fellows will be expected to participate in a regular graduate workshop and engage in the activities of the Ash Center and Harvard Kennedy School more broadly. The Ash Center Visiting Fellowships do not carry a stipend, but we can offer institutional support including shared office space and physical and online library access.

How to Apply

The application for academic year 2019 - 2020 will be available here next summer and will be due by November 1, 2018. With questions please contact Natalia Chavez, Program Assistant for Democratic Governance.

Current Visiting Fellows:

Jonathan E. Collins, Ph.D., Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of Political Science and Education, Brown University

Sean Gray, Ph.D., University of British Columbia; SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Joshua Forstenzer, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow for the Public Benefit of Higher Education, University of Sheffield

Clarissa Rile Hayward, Associate Professor of Political Science, Washington University

Markus Holdo, Ph.D. in Political Science, Uppsala University

Maria Maroto, Ph.D. candidate at the Universidad Católica de Chile

Thamy Pogrebinschi, Senior Researcher, WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center

Aksel Sundström, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg Sweden