Program Requirements

  • Applications for the 2021 cohort are due by January 11, 2021, at 5:00pm (EST).
  • 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 PhD may apply if they have studied in fields where the PhD is not the typical terminal degree. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research.
  • 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 that are significantly distinct from their Ph.D. research 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.
  • 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. Faculty members hosting 2020 fellows are not eligible for hosting additional fellows in 2021. This includes Bruno Carvalho, Prineha Narang, Daniel Nocera, Ajantha Subramanian, Daniel Schrag, Dustin Tingley, and Mark Wu. 
  • Harvard is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. 
  • Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, though study at Harvard generally requires proficiency in English.
  • 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.