Harvard University Environmental Fellows Program

Cambridge, MA
$70,000/year plus other benefits
September 29 2020
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Harvard University Environmental Fellows Program


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 while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines.

The Award:

The fellowship includes a salary of $70,000 per year, employee health insurance eligibility, 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 for the 2021 cohort. 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.

Program Requirements:

  • Candidates for 2021 Environmental Fellowships should have received their terminal degree between May 2017 and August 2021. (Fellows must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment in September 2021.)
  • 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.

Application Requirements:

  1. Please complete the online application form found at https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9758 by January 11, 2021 at 5 p.m. (EST) 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. Hosts should send their letters directly to the attention of James Clem at the Center at environmental_fellows@harvard.edu.

If you have questions about the fellowship or application process, please contact: 

James Clem
Harvard University Center for the Environment
26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor
Cambridge MA 02138