Davis Center Fellows Program

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Davis Center Fellows Program

The Davis Center Fellows Program offers comprehensive research, training, and professional development opportunities for scholars advancing their careers within the social sciences and humanities. Fellows pursue their research with support from an interdisciplinary community of experts, and with access to world-class resources. The program provides scholars with experiences and connections that endure well beyond their fellowship year.

The application period for 2018–2019 postdoctoral fellowships runs from November 1, 2017 – January 10, 2018.

We welcome research proposals on all topics related to the study of Eurasia. This year's program will not be structured around an overarching theme.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Center will award Postdoctoral Fellowships within the framework of the 2018–2019 Fellows Program. 

Eligibility and Terms

For junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2018, but no earlier than September 2013 (less than five years ago).

Stipend of up to $40,500 for 9 months or $54,000 for 12 months.

Scholars may apply to be in residence for 9 months or 12 months.

$5,000 in additional research funding.

Eligible for employee benefits (including subsidized health insurance).

Shared office space and borrowing privileges at Harvard libraries provided.

Citizens of all countries may apply.

Application Instructions

Please read through the following information carefully before beginning the application. The application form must be completed in one session; there is no option to save and return to it later. All materials must be submitted in English.

Complete the web-based application form, which includes:

  • Basic biographical information
  • Proposed research project and tenure
  • Affiliation and contact information for three referees

Upload the following materials:

Project Proposal: Explain the significance of your proposed research, when you expect to complete it, how it will differ from other studies on the same topic, what materials are available for it, where they are located, and any other information you consider relevant. Explain why the Davis Center would be a suitable place for your work. This document should be single-spaced and approximately 2,500 words in length. Please include your full name in the header or footer of your proposal.

Brief Curriculum Vitae: Include academic background, employment history, and major publications. List the institutions in which you have studied or worked, institution locations, field(s) of study, degrees, and dates of employment or study. Please do NOT include any sensitive personal data on your CV, such as social security number, passport number, or date of birth. Due to our security protocols this information must be redacted.

Please do not submit additional materials, such as transcripts, certificates, diplomas, monographs, or publications. They will not be considered.

Letters of Recommendation: Please arrange to have three referees evaluate your work and proposal. Letters submitted through the fellowship applicant should be enclosed in an envelope and signed across the seal by the referee. Referees may also mail their letters directly to the Davis Center. Letters must be received by January 10, 2018, and can be mailed to:

Fellows Program
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street, Suite S301
Cambridge, MA 02138

Electronic recommendations will be accepted if sent from a portfolio service like Interfolio or an official institutional address. Electronic recommendations should be sent to dcpdoc@fas.harvard.edu. Letters from email services like Yahoo!, Yandex, and Gmail will not be accepted.

Confirmation and Decisions

The application deadline is January 10, 2018. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received at the Davis Center by this date.

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. Please contact us at 617.495.0466 or dcpdoc@fas.harvard.edu if you do not receive this confirmation email.

Decisions will be announced in March 2018.

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