Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program 2022/2023: Harvard University through the Center for African Studies is pleased to announce the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for African-based researchers who are interested in advancing new ideas and promoting enduring knowledge.
The program offers 18-month postdoctoral fellowships with 12 months spent at the scholar’s home institution and six months spend in stipend-supported residency at Harvard University.
As one of the world’s leading academic institutions, Harvard University is committed to supporting top-quality Postdoctoral Fellows who will contribute to the University’s mission of excellence in teaching and research, and who are interested in advancing new ideas and promoting enduring knowledge. Harvard offers access to intellectual and cultural resources that are as unique as they are unrivaled.
The Center for African Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is aimed at providing opportunities for postdoctoral candidates to conduct independent research, publish, and increase knowledge in their fields of study that will be beneficial to the African continent and to prepare them to be successful in their chosen career paths. An applicant should have received their PhD (preference will be given to those who completed PhD in the last five years) and hold an academic appointment at a university or research institution in Africa. This includes those with a commitment of appointment at the time of application. The fellowship will support the development of a research project at selected Harvard University schools, departments, or laboratories in the field of their choice.
Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship | ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To be eligible for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
The program is established for Africa-based researchers who intend to continue/return to work in African academia. Fellows will be selected based on academic talent in their fields and will have an opportunity to work on their pedagogical and research skills to further their professional development. Fellows will have completed their respective doctoral programs at institutions from anywhere around the world (preference will be given to those who completed the PhD in the last five years). PhD holders who currently hold a paid academic appointment, which will be active through the duration of the fellowship period, with any of the following institutions are eligible to apply.
- Applicants must have received a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level research degree (preference will be given to those who completed PhD in the last five years) in any discipline and must hold a paid academic appointment at any African university or research institution.
- Applicants who have not yet formally received their degree must present evidence of having completed the academic requirements before commencing the Fellowship.
- Applicants must identify a Harvard faculty mentor to support research and scholarly work; additionally, they should identify a second mentor at their home institution.
- Both mentors are required to submit letters of recommendation during the application process.
- Applicants should have English language proficiency.
- Applicants must have support from their home institutions to pursue an 18-month fellowship appointment, six months of which will be spent in a stipend-supported residency in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Throughout the fellowship period, fellows will have access to their mentor at both institutions as well as Harvard’s library resources and seminar/conference opportunities.
- Applicants should have an academic appointment in an African university/research institution or include a letter from the institution that such an appointment is forthcoming during the fellowship period.
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Under the terms of appointment, fellows will be required to assume the following responsibilities:
- Assume primary responsibility for the development of their research and career, in consultation with their faculty mentors and other collaborators.
- Play an active role in seeking career and research advice, both from the faculty mentors and from other faculty members as appropriate.
- Submit a report describing all work carried out at Harvard University and home institution during the research period. The report must be submitted two weeks prior to the end of their fellowship.
- Make mention in any publication, presentation, or interview of their status as a CAS fellow and acknowledge CAS support for work published or carried out as a result of their fellowship.
- Notify CAS of any grant, scholarship, or funding obtained from any public or private organization for the same or a different research project.
- Fellows should ensure funds are utilized for purposes as defined in the fellowship. Any expenditure outside of the stipulated use will not be accepted.
- Fellows should notify CAS of any periods of travel or absence during their fellowship.
- Presentation of research at CAS fellow’s colloquium at the end of fellowship.
Selection Criteria | Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program:
A faculty review committee under direction of the CAS Oppenheimer Faculty Director will use the following criteria to identify final award recipients:
- Fellows with strong PhD achievement and actively conducting research and teaching in one of the listed institutions.
- Strength and quality of research proposal, project uniqueness, clear purpose, and detailed plan for execution of proposal.
- Applicants’ ability to succeed in a research-based academic track.
- Demonstration of initiative, social consciousness, leadership, and a sense of responsibility as well as personal motivations and experiences.
- Contribute to and advance new knowledge to the field of study.
- Mentors’ recommendation and commitment to fellows’ advancement in the area of research.
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How to Apply for Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.
APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 22/23 WILL OPEN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2022.
Interested candidates for the Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program who meet the eligibility criteria will need to submit an online proposal (through Qualtrics) by April 30, 2022, at 11pm ET. The application submission site will be opened in late February 2022.
Method of Application.
Complete the application on Qualtrics and upload required documents as prompted. Applicants must register to access the application: Access the Registration here (or paste this link into your browser: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08U8MhIzbdLIt6e)
The Harvard CAS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship application is hosted by Qualtrics and resides in a secure, encrypted environment that requires applicants to register to access the application. The registration is a one-time event with the application link sent to your inbox. Be advised that your application should be done on your regularly used computer to be able to save and return to your application. We strongly recommend that you use current generation browsers whenever possible. Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are the preferred browsers for this application. You may preview the application here.
Please Note: A complete application consists of fields submitted through the Qualtrics online portal and all requested attachments uploaded as PDFs into the application system. In addition, a confidential letter of recommendation is requested from the postdoc’s supervisor at their home institution who is familiar with your academic work as well as by a faculty mentor at Harvard University. Note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the confidential letters are submitted by the deadline due date.
The detailed components of the complete application are shown in the application form. An application will not be considered complete without these confidential letters from the mentors.
- GENERAL INFORMATION: Candidates will be asked to enter biographical information and contact details. Candidates will be asked to enter academic/leadership/professional honors and detail any work or study completed in the last five years.
- EDUCATION HISTORY: Candidates will be asked to enter their education history, including name and location of institution, dates of attendance and degree, and field of study.
- WORK HISTORY: Candidates will be asked to enter their work history, including name and location of institution, position, and responsibilities.
- RESEARCH PROPOSAL: A single-spaced research proposal of no more than 2,000 words (font size 10 to 12 point) on the project to be pursued during the fellowship period. Proposals should include an 18-month timeline with up to six months in-residence at Harvard and the remaining time in-residence at the applicant’s home institution. The research proposal shall include i. Research Project Title, ii. Specific Aims, iii. Research Plan (a. Significance b. Innovation/Value c. Approach/Methods), iv. Mentorship Plan (Frequency of mentor meetings, goals, etc.), and v. References (References will not count towards word limit). Include your full name on the top of each page and your signature at the end.
- PROJECT PLAN: Project plans should begin from September 1 of the year in which the proposal is submitted, and the six-month residency must be proposed for any consecutive six-month period between September 1 and the 18-months following. Candidates should consult with their mentors at Harvard and their home institutions to identify the ideal time for the residency portion. The time frame for the AY22/23 fellowship is September 1, 2022 – February 28, 2024.
- CV: A CV specifying education and experience including list of publications, conference presentations, awards, and fellowships.
- PERSONAL STATEMENT: The personal statement (500-700 words) should be typed in a standard font, font size 10 to 12 point, and double-spaced. Include your full name on the top of each page and your signature at the end. The personal statement should give the committee a sense of your background with the following questions in mind. Who are you? What motivates you, and why do you want to study a particular issue or topic? What kind of contributions do you want to make, and why? What are your goals? What path will you take to achieve them? This is the opportunity to introduce yourself to the selection committee for consideration.
- LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Applications must include two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s intellectual and professional preparation for the fellowship. One recommendation should be from the faculty mentor at the applicant’s home institution and a second letter of recommendation should come from the Harvard faculty mentor. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted by recommenders through Qualtrics. You will be required to enter the names, affiliations, and contact details of your referees. After you submit your application, referees will receive an e-mail to the address provided to submit their letters of recommendation. Please confirm with your recommenders that they have received this communication. Alternatively, recommenders can e-mail the letters directly to email@example.com
- BUDGET: Fellows will be provided with a budget of up to $10,000 for research during the 18-month fellowship. Stipend during residency and travel to and from Cambridge for the residency portion will be covered separately. A budget stipulating detailed expenses during the fellowship period should accompany your application.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2022, at 11pm ET.