Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Fellowship in Conservation Biology 2017

Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Fellowship in Conservation Biology 2017

Deadline: June 30, 2017

The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University invites applications or nominations for the Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellowship in Conservation Biology. The Hrdy Fellowship is awarded to an individual who will engage in scientific study in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Recipients of this fellowship are expected to have a strong and transformative effect on the study of conservation biology at Harvard University. The research of previous Hrdy Fellows has included conservation paleobiology, marine evolution and conservation, conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles, and the impact of human activities on the environment.

Primarily, the Hrdy Fellow is expected to engage in leading-edge research, where possible in collaboration with members of the Harvard community. Additional responsibilities include a public lecture by the Fellow in any area of conservation biology. Finally, the Fellow is required to teach a one-semester, seminar-style course aimed at upper-level undergraduates (for more information on teaching, contact OEB Chair Elena Kramer, at [email protected]).


  • The fellowship provides a stipend of up to $80,000 per year, depending on professional status, need, and duration of the fellowship;
  • Modest support is also available for research and travel costs. Hrdy Fellows are ordinarily employees of Harvard University during their tenure and are eligible for health insurance benefits. Fellows must be in residence for the full term of the Fellowship.


  • Applications are sought from researchers whose work focuses on contemporary issues in conservation biology;
  • Applicants should be well positioned to conduct original, independent research and to publish their findings in peer-reviewed publications;
  • Applicants are required to be fluent in English and expected to have a record of effective teaching;
  • Applicants are required to have a terminal degree by the start date of the position.

Application Process

Applicants should contact a faculty sponsor with whom they will collaborate, before applying. Interested individuals with general questions about the program may contact Chris Preheim at [email protected]

Fellowships are awarded through a competitive review process. To be considered for a fellowship, applicants should submit a concise proposal in PDF format that includes the following:

  • Cover letter. The cover letter should clearly state (i) the applicant’s interest in the fellowship; (ii) the length of the term desired by the applicant and potential start-date; and (iii) the applicant’s contact information.
  • Research Statement. The statement should be no longer than 4 pages, single-spaced, and should clearly describe the research project. The statement should detail: (i) the nature and scope of the proposed research project, (ii) the approach and methods to be employed, (iii) how Harvard resources would be utilized, (iv) all laboratory and equipment requirements, and (v) how the project will advance knowledge about conservation biology.
  • Research Budget. A modest level of funding is available for research and travel costs. Applicants should submit a simple, one-page budget which itemizes the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should clearly indicate the name, title, mailing address, phone, and email address of the person providing the recommendation. Letters may be sent under separate cover, provided they meet the deadline.

All four components should be submitted here. Application review will begin on September 1, 2017 and will continue until position is filled.

For more information, visit Sarah And Daniel Hrdy Fellowship.