Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Programme Receiving Applications

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Larry Bacow, Harvard President
Larry Bacow, Harvard President

People in Need, a Czech non-profit and non-governmental organization, has called for entries for the 22nd annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival scheduled to hold from March 5 to 14, 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The fellowships are open to exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists from all over the world whose works are making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

The nine month fellowship programme awards 50 fellowships each academic year.

Interested applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. The programme seeks diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. The fellowship unites participants, irrespective of their backgrounds by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

The application which is available online at https://radcliffe.onlineapplicationportal.com/ closes on September 12, 2019 for humanities, social sciences, and creative arts; and October 3, 2019 for science, engineering, and mathematics.

Based in Radcliffe Yard – a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University – successful applicants join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. The programme is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. Radcliffe Fellows have access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources that enable them to develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the programme, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress and, coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions.

To be eligible for the programme, applicants in the humanities and social sciences must have received their doctorate (or appropriate terminal degree) in the area of their proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2018 for the 2020-21 fellowship year) and have published a monograph or at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections.

Eligible applicants in science, engineering, and mathematics must have received their doctorate in the area of the proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2018 for the 2020-21 fellowship year) and have published at least five articles in refereed journals.

For group application, each member of the group must register as a user on the application portal and submit separate applications. At the Individual or Group question on the General Information page of the application, those applying as a group should select group, and list the names of all group members, including the applicant, in the available fields.

Fellows receive a stipend of $77,500 and additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Single-semester fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

An application consists of an application form, curriculum vitae, project proposal (with bibliography when appropriate), a writing or work sample, and the contact information of three references who will be asked, via email, to upload letters of recommendation in support of application. All materials are submitted via Radcliffe online application portal: https://radcliffe.onlineapplicationportal.com/.

To start an application, interested persons should register as a new user by entering their names, email addresses, passwords and security question responses on the New User Registration page of the online application. Once an applicant has registered, he/she may login to the portal and select an application area: Humanities and Social Sciences, Creative Arts (including Journalists and Nonfiction writers), or Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

A project proposal should begin with a 150-word abstract summarizing applicant’s proposed project. The body of the proposal should describe the project, explaining the significance of the topic, placing the work in the context of applicant’s field, and indicating how the project would contribute to his/her field. Applicants should be clear about the theory and methodology and cite the work of others, if relevant; indicate the status of any project already begun and any data already collected.

All applicants should write for an informed but broad disciplinary audience as all proposals will be evaluated by experts in the relevant field. Finalists are reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee. The application should include three letters of recommendation which must be submitted by individuals who can speak to the merits of applicant’s proposed project, his/her record of achievement, and collegiality.

All application received will be reviewed in a two-tiered process—first by experts in the relevant field, then by a multidisciplinary committee charged with selecting a diverse class of fellows of the highest achievement and potential. Applications are evaluated on the quality and significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s intellectual and creative capacity, as evidenced by a strong record of achievement or extraordinary promise.

Applicants who have questions or need further clarifications are encouraged to please get in touch with the Applications Office at fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu or 617-496-1324.