[Department Website] Fellowships in Science and International Affairs International Security Program
Note to applicants: If you are either applying for a joint fellowship or to more than one program, you will need to submit one application per program.
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA)
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
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.
The Center offers both pre doctoral 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 pre doctoral 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. Pre doctoral 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. Additional fellowships are offered in special projects described in the next section.
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, 2006.