Belfer Center Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program (Up to $50,000 Stipend)

Belfer Center Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program (Up to $50,000 Stipend)

Deadline: January 16, 2018

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is calling for applications for the Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program. This program as part of the Emirates Leadership Initiative offers one-year fellowships for researchers at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty level for research related to Middle Eastern governance and public policy.

The Belfer Center is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. In 2017, for the fourth year in a row, the Belfer Center was ranked the world’s no. 1 University Affiliated Think Tank by University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

The Center has a dual mission: first to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues, and to prepare future generations of leaders for these areas.


  • Ten-month stipends of $32,000 to pre-doctoral fellows and $50,000 are available to all other fellows.


  • Researchers at the pre-doctoral level, junior faculty level, advanced doctoral candidates, recent recipients of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and untenured faculty members can apply.
  • Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations and should be in or near the final year of their program.
  • Political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists, and other social scientists may apply as well.
  • Applications are also welcomed from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.
  • Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these five primary areas of focus:
    • Democratizing Politics
    • Building Peace
    • Revitalizing the State
    • Democratizing Financial and Labor Markets
    • Digital Governance


Fellows are generally expected to:

  • Complete a 25-30 page Working Paper to be published by the Middle East Initiative.
  • Present their research at seminars open to the public.
  • Attend seminars of other Middle East Initiative research fellows and participate in Middle East Initiative activities as appropriate.
  • Be physically present at Harvard for the duration of the two-semester fellowship.
  • Pre-doctoral research fellows are encouraged to work on, and ideally complete, their doctoral dissertations.
  • Postdoctoral or faculty fellows may use this fellowship to complete a book or develop other works-in-progress.

Application Process:

  • Begin your application process online.
  • Application requirements include:
    • CV/ Resume
    • Unofficial transcript (pre-doctoral fellow applicants only)
    • Research statement (3-5 pages)
    • Writing sample (less than 50 pages). Should be one published or an unpublished piece written by the applicant (co-authored pieces not accepted) in English that will demonstrate his/her English-language writing ability. It can be a journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, white paper, etc. you have produced in your field
    • Contact information for 3 recommenders submitting letters on your behalf
  • All applicants should clearly indicate on their application form whether they are seeking full or partial funding, and indicate other potential funding sources.
  • Recommendations will be due on Monday, February 1, 2018. Decisions will be announced by March 31, 2018.

For more information visit Belfer Center.