Democracy Visiting Fellowships

Current Democracy Visiting Fellows 

Selene Campion, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Boston College
Jonathan Collins, Assistant Professor of Education, Brown University
Dimitri Courant, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, University of Lusanne and University Paris 8
João Fabiano, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of São Paulo
Janice Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, Newark
Selina Gallo-Cruz, Associate Professor of Sociology, College of the Holy Cross
George Greenidge, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Georgia State University
Nikolas Kirby, Director, Building Integrity Program, University of Oxford
Anna Krämling, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt
Huck-ju Kwon, Professor, Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Tina Law, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Northwestern University
Ashley Nickels, Associate Professor, School of Peace and Conflict Studies, Kent State University
Christopher Ojeda, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Merced
Pedro Arcain Riccetto, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford
Celina Su, Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies, City University of New York
Tova Wang, Director of Policy Research, Center for Secure and Modern Elections


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.


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 AY 2022-2023 are now closed. Please check back in fall 2022 for the next application cycle. 

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 the Ash Center team at


- 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.

- Can you provide visa sponsorship for international applicants?
        The Ash Center is able to provide J-1 visa sponsorship to successful applicants.

-  Does this fellowship have a stipend or salary?  

This position does not offer financial compensation. Democracy Visiting Fellows are expected to cover any associated travel or housing costs. The Visting Fellowship requires a modest administration fee, but we will consider requests for fee waivers. The Fellowship does offer institutional support including physical and online library access, access to Harvard's electronic resources, weekly seminar, robust intellectual community, and use of shared workspaces. Upon request, dedicated office space may occasionally be arranged at an additional fee.  

-  Am I eligible if I do not have a Ph.D.?  

We encourage scholars with a Ph.D. as well as those completing a Ph.D. program to apply.    

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.