Harvard University Environmental Fellows Program

Location
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Salary
$66,000/year plus other benefits
Posted
Oct 06, 2017
Closes
Nov 05, 2017
Work Function
Research-Applied
Job Type
Full time

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17, 2018

The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines.

The Award:

The fellowship will provide an annual stipend of $66,000, eligibility for employee health insurance, up to $2,500 reimbursement for relocation expenses, and a $2,500 annual allowance for travel and other professional expenses.

The Harvard University Center for the Environment expects to award approximately six fellowships this year. The Center will organize a co-curricular program to ensure that the fellows get to know each other and each other’s work. All fellows will attend biweekly dinners with their colleagues, faculty members, and guests.

Selection criteria:

  • Applicant’s prior academic and professional success and his or her potential contribution to scholarship or practice
  • Project significance: the potential impact of the research project on scholarship at Harvard and on environmental problems 
  • Diversity: The selection committee will select a group of fellows in 2018 who will complement those selected the previous year, creating a group of approximately 13 men and women with diverse backgrounds, academic interests, and skills. The ideal group would include fellows working with host faculty members at every one of Harvard’s professional schools and many of the departments overseen by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Recipients—and hosts—may include people with degrees in the sciences, economics, law, government, public policy, public health, medicine, design, and the full array of humanities. Their research topics will be equally varied. 
  • Interdisciplinary research projects are encouraged, although this is not a requirement for the fellowship. Candidates with interests in a single discipline are encouraged to apply. 
  • Host’s commitment: the host faculty member’s enthusiasm for the proposed project and fellow, the host’s ability to mentor the fellow, and his or her ability to provide office space and a productive work environment.

Requirements:

  • Candidates for 2018 Environmental Fellowships should have received their terminal degree between May 2014 and August 2018. (Fellows must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment in September 2018.)
  • Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline. Applicants without a Ph.D. may apply if they have studied in fields where the Ph.D. is not the typical terminal degree. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research.
  • Each candidate must secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to serve as a mentor and to provide office or lab space for the two-year fellowship.
  • Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, though study at Harvard requires proficiency in English.
  • Candidates who received terminal degrees from Harvard, and post-docs currently working at Harvard are eligible for the fellowship provided their research and host arrangements take them in new directions and forge new connections within the University. Harvard candidates should not propose to continue to work with the same professors or lab groups with whom they are currently associated. No candidate should propose to work extensively with his or her thesis advisor.
  • Harvard is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
  • Successful candidates should be prepared to commit to work at Harvard for the full two years of the fellowship. This fellowship requires residency in the Cambridge area and any fieldwork trip must be scheduled for the summer or January recess.

Applications:

  1. Please complete the online application form found at http://environment.harvard.edu/application by January 17, 2018 and attach the relevant supporting documents as PDFs:
    • curriculum vitae including list of publications;
    • detailed research proposal where applicants should explain their specific reasons for applying to a Harvard residential environmental fellowship (maximum of five pages, references counted separately).
      Note: While applicants should discuss the proposal with their potential faculty hosts, the final product should clearly be the work of the applicant; and
    • up to three publications/writing samples.
  2. Three letters of reference, including one from the applicant's dissertation adviser.
  3. A letter of support is also required from the applicant's host committing to serve as a mentor and explaining his or her commitment to the proposed research, including the provision of office or lab space.

 

If you have questions about the fellowship or application process, please contact:
Jean Gauthier
Harvard University Center for the Environment
24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge MA 02138
617-495-0368
jean_gauthier@harvard.edu