Application Period Open for Initiative on History and Public Policy Fellowships

December 13, 2016

The Initiative on History and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, based at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, invites applications for its 2017-18 postdoctoral and doctoral fellowships.

The Initiative will award up to one stipend-based post-doctoral fellowship and up to three non-stipendiary doctoral fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Initiative on History and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School brings together scholars, practitioners, students, and policymakers with the goal of linking our interpretations of the past with our approach to contemporary policy issues. We seek to attract outstanding junior scholars and doctoral students who are engaged in cutting-edge historical research that is informed by, or seeks to illuminate, issues of contemporary public policy. In addition to carrying out their own research, the fellows are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Ash Center and the Harvard Kennedy School and participate in the collective activities and development of the Initiative on History and Public Policy. These activities may include hosting seminars, inviting speakers, and helping to plan a conference.

The postdoctoral fellowship begins in September with a term of one year, with the possibility of a renewal for a second year. The doctoral fellowships begin in September with a term of one year. 

The fellowship will provide office space and access to many of Harvard's facilities. Fellows must be in residence in the Cambridge area, and at the Ash Center, for the duration of the academic year. For the postdoctoral fellowship, the stipend will be $50,000 and the fellow will be eligible for health care benefits. The postdoctoral fellow will also be granted a research stipend of up to $5000. Doctoral fellows will be granted a research stipend of up to $5000.

Postdoctoral candidates should submit their applications here, while doctoral candidates should apply here. All applications are due by January 17, 2017. Applicants should include a cover letter, a 1-2 page research proposal, and a CV, and should arrange to have two referees submit letters of recommendation to Ashley Davis (, either directly or via Interfolio. Candidates may also be asked for a writing sample and additional materials.

For the postdoctoral fellowship, preference will be given to a recent recipient of a doctoral degree. For the doctoral fellowship, 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. Harvard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, and we strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates.

Please email any inquiries to Ashley Davis, Faculty Assistant, HKS.


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