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Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program 2023-24 [Post-Doctoral Fellowships]: Apply by Sep 8


Applications are now open for the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program (Post-Doctoral Fellowship) 2023-24, for those who have obtained a PhD in the last 2 years.

About the Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship

The Radcliffe Institute is based at Harvard University. The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program (Post-Doctoral Fellowship) 2023-24 is a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community.

This fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the year, fellows regularly convene to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions.

Duration of the Fellowship

9 Months | September 2023 – May 2024


Fellows receive a stipend of $78,000 (Rs. 58.3 Lacs) plus an additional $5,000 (Rs. 3.7 Lacs) to cover project expenses.

Please note that if you are a US citizen or permanent resident coming from a home institution based in the US, you can opt to have your stipend paid through your home institution or to you directly.


  • Harvard Radcliffe Fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe.
  • Health care support is made available as needed.


Applicants in the humanities and social sciences must:

  • Have received their doctorate (or appropriate terminal degree) in the area of their proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2021 for the 2023-24 fellowship year).
  • Have published a monograph or at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections.

Applicants in the creative arts must meet discipline-specific eligibility requirements, as outlined below:

  • Film and Video: Applicants in this discipline must have a body of independent work of significant achievement. Such work will typically have been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television.
  • Visual Arts: Applicants in this discipline must show strong evidence of achievement, with a record of at least five years of work as a professional artist, including participation in several curated group shows and at least two professional solo exhibitions.
  • Fiction and Nonfiction: Applicants in these disciplines must have one of the following:
    • one or more published books;
    • a contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript; or
    • at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published.
  • Poetry: Applicants in this discipline must have had published at least 20 poems in the last five years or published a book of poetry, and must be in the process of completing a manuscript.
  • Journalism: Applicants in this discipline are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.
  • Playwriting: Applicants in this discipline must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.
  • Music Composition: It is desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a PhD or DMA. Most importantly, the applicant must show strong evidence of achievement as a professional artist, with a record of recent performances.

Important Notes:

  • Individuals who are applying as practitioners must have held senior leadership positions in non-profits, government, or the private sector.
  • Practitioners should have at least ten years of relevant professional experience and be acknowledged as leaders in their fields.
  • Former Harvard Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.
  • Non-US Citizens: Applicants from throughout the world are encouraged to apply. Harvard University typically sponsors J-1 scholar visas for Harvard Radcliffe Fellows.
  • Applicants cannot be students in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission unless the dissertation has been accepted and degree is forthcoming (and field-specific eligibility requirements have been met). Applicants must demonstrate a strong body of independent work that has been published, exhibited, or performed.

Number of Fellowships

This program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project.

Focus Areas

  • Law, education, and justice
  • Climate change and its human impacts, especially projects that address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on marginalized or under-resourced communities
  • Legacies of slavery 
  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, we welcome proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections. 

How to Apply?

The application consists of the following:

  • An application form,
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  • Project proposal (with bibliography when appropriate),
  • A writing or work sample, and
  • The contact information of three references who will be prompted, via email, to upload letters of recommendation in support of your application.

All materials must be submitted via the online application portal (link given at the end of this post).

Application Process

  • Register as a new user by entering your name, email address, and password responses on the New User Registration page of the online application.
  • Once you have registered, you may login to the portal and select an application area: Humanities and Social Sciences, Creative Arts (including Journalists and Nonfiction writers), or Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  • If you would like to apply as a practitioner, please select the Humanities and Social Sciences application and follow the instructions for practitioners given in the FAQs.

Important Deadlines

  • The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 8, 2022.
  • The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is September 29, 2022.

e-Mail ID: [email protected]

Click here to start applying for the fellowship.


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