2016 Harvard University Environmental Fellowships

2016 Harvard University Environmental Fellowships

Deadline: January 13, 2016

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the 2016 Harvard University Environmental Fellowships. This fellowship was designed to enable recent doctorate recipients 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 to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines.

Eligibility/Selection Criteria

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.

  • Applicant’s prior academic and professional success and his or her potential contribution to scholarship or practice
  • Project significance: the potential impact of the research project on scholarship at Harvard and on environmental problems
  • Diversity: The selection committee will select a group of fellows in 2016 who will complement those selected the previous year, creating a group of approximately 13 men and women with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds and a diverse set of academic interests and skills.
  • Interdisciplinary research projects are encouraged, although this is not a requirement for the fellowship. Candidates with interests in a single discipline are encouraged to apply.
  • Host’s commitment: the host faculty member’s enthusiasm for the proposed project and fellow, the host’s ability to mentor the fellow, and his or her ability to provide office space and a productive work environment.


The fellowship award includes

  • a salary of $62,000 per year,
  • employee  health insurance eligibility,
  • up to $2,500 reimbursement for travel expenses, and
  • a $2,500 allowance for travel and other professional expenses.

How to Apply

  • Please complete the online application form and attach the relevant supporting documents as PDFs:
    a) curriculum vitae including list of publications.
    b) detailed research proposal, maximum of five pages, references counted separately. Within the proposal, applicants should explain their reasons for applying to a Harvard residential environmental fellowship.
    Note: While applicants should discuss the proposal with their potential faculty hosts, the final product should clearly be the work of the applicant.
    c) up to three publications/writing samples.
  • Three letters of reference, including one from the applicant’s dissertation adviser.
  • 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 and any financial commitments.

Applicants are encouraged to ask their referees and hosts to email letters of reference as PDFs or, if necessary, as Word documents attached to the emails. Referees and hosts should send their letters directly to the attention of Jean Gauthier at the Center at [email protected]  The Center will notify applicants to confirm receipt of a complete application.

For more information visit Harvard University Center for the Environment.