The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Academy Scholars Program, 2021-2022

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences or law with a command of the language and history or culture of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada. 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 cultures or regions outside of the US or Canada shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions. Harvard Academy Scholarships are open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Scholars applying by the October 1, 2020 deadline for the August 2021 postdoctoral fellowships must have completed the PhD or equivalent after September 30, 2017.

Academy Scholars are appointed for a two-year, in-residence, postdoctoral fellowship at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Academy Scholars receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire additional training in their chosen fields and areas. Some teaching is permitted but not required. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $70,000. If selected before earning the PhD, the Scholar will receive an annual stipend of $35,000 until awarded the PhD or equivalent degree. The online application for the postdoctoral fellowships beginning in August 2021 is due by October 1, 2020. Finalist interviews will take place via Zoom on Friday, December 4, 2020. Notification of scholarships will be made in late December 2020. For complete information on how to apply and for access to the online application visit us online.

For questions, email: applicationinquiries@wcfia.harvard.edu.