The Academy Scholars Program
The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions.
Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.
The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in non-Western cultures or regions shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions.
Academy Scholars are appointed for 2 years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard facilities.
They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and / or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas.
The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.
Each year four to five Academy Scholars are named for two-year appointments. Scholars are expected to reside in the Cambridge / Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes.
Post-doctoral Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $48,000, and pre-doctoral Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $28,000.
This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.
Eligibility for The Academy Scholars Program
The competition for these awards is open only to recent Ph.D. (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates.
Those still pursuing a Ph.D. should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before becoming Scholars; those in possession of a Ph.D. longer than 3 years are ineligible.
Applications are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.
Degree Level :
Social Sciences (including history and law)
Application Procedures for The Academy Scholars Program :
Applications for the next class of Academy Scholars are due October 1 each year. There is no application form. The following materials are required for a complete application :
- a current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (include 3 copies)
- a statement of the applicant’s proposed research, including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work-no more than 10 pages double-spaced (include 3 copies)
- an official copy of each graduate transcript
- three letters of recommendation
- a cover letter which succinctly states the applicant’s academic field, country or region of specialization, and proposed or actual research topic (include 3 copies)
Please do not staple materials. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.
Application materials should be mailed to :
The Academy Scholars Program,
Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies,
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,
1727 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138.
All materials must be received by October 1. The selection process begins immediately thereafter.
Applicants whose materials are late or incomplete are at a disadvantage when considered by the Selection Committee. Announcement of the awards will be made in January.
Adjudication Procedures for The Academy Scholars Program:
Finalists will be invited to Cambridge for interviews with the Senior Scholars on Monday, December 6, 2010.