Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University BCSIA The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) is the hub of the John F. Kennedy School of Government's research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and natural resource issues, and science and technology policy. The Center's mission is to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues where science, technology, and international affairs intersect. The heart of BCSIA is its resident research staff: Harvard faculty members, scholars, public-policy practitioners, and each year a new, multinational, and interdisciplinary group of research fellows. ELIGIBILITY The Center offers both predoctoral and advanced research fellowships for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Applications for research fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have appropriate professional experience. Applicants for predoctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations prior to appointment. BCSIA seeks applications from political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. BCSIA also encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries. Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. Research fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Predoctoral research fellows are expected to contribute to the Center's research activities, as well as work on — and ideally complete — their doctoral dissertations. BCSIA research fellows are selected by the Center's major research programs and projects. Fellowship applicants must indicate the program or project to which they are applying in accordance with the research interests described below. BCSIA offers fellowships in five program areas: the International Security Program (ISP); the Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP); the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP); the Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution (ICP); and the Caspian Studies Project (CSP). Additional fellowships are offered in special projects described in the next section. RESEARCH INTERESTS The International Security Program sponsors or co-sponsors fellowships in areas listed below. If you are interested in additional BCSIA fellowships, please click here.
Program Director: Steven E. Miller · Faculty Chair: Stephen M. Walt U.S. defense and foreign policy; Russian security policy; nuclear proliferation; managing nuclear technology and materials; the political economy of the Russian nuclear complex; chemical and biological weapons proliferation, control, and countermeasures; terrorism; regional security, especially the Russian periphery, Asia, and the Middle East; internal and ethnic conflict; transatlantic relations; democracy and democratization as a factor in international politics.
Executive Director: Jim Walsh Addressing the risks posed by nuclear weapons and weapons-usable materials; assessing the future of civilian nuclear power; and strengthening democratic management of both through improved access to information, broader public participation, and more effective regulation and oversight. The Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution (ICP)
Program Director: Robert I. Rotberg All aspects of conflict within states; ethnic, religious, and linguistic conflict; peacekeeping and peace building; conlfict prevention in general; conflict resolution, especially in divided states; all aspects of state failure and the prevention of state failure. The Intrastate Conflict Program has current and continuing particular concerns with Burma, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Sri Lanka, the Sudan, Zimbabwe, and other vulnerable states. STIPEND INFORMATION BCSIA offers ten-month stipends of $34,000 to postdoctoral research fellows and $20,000 to predoctoral research fellows, with health insurance. Only a limited number of fellowships are available, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding. All applicants should indicate clearly whether they are seeking full or partial funding from BCSIA, and indicate other potential funding sources. Non-stipendiary appointments are also offered. Please note that CSP fellowship appointments are non-stipendiary. In most cases, office space and supplies, computers with LAN and Internet connections, and access to Harvard University libraries and other facilities will be provided.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES CONTACT INFORMATION Each applicant should submit as one complete packet:
- a 3–5 page double-spaced statement that proposes a major research project or dissertation prospectus, including its relevance to the research interests of one of the Center's programs or projects; the statement should clearly indicate at the top of the page the specific program or project to which the application is being directed.
- a curriculum vitae;
- Three sealed letters of recommendation (not emails) attesting to the applicant's professional competence;
- a short writing sample pertinent to the application (please do not send books or lengthy manuscripts);
- Predoctoral candidates must also provide a sealed graduate school transcript.
There is no physical application to complete: the steps above constitute the application process.
The applicant is responsible for collecting all materials, including letters of recommendation and transcripts, and submitting them as one packet to the Center. Materials submitted will not be returned to the applicant. Emailed materials will not be accepted, unless specifically indicated by the Program Director.
The application deadline is February 1, 2005.
Fellowship Coordinator Telephone: (617) 495-3745 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing address: Fellowship Coordinator Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs John F. Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA 02138