Sustainability Science Program



Doctoral, Post-doctoral, and Mid-career Fellowships in Sustainability Science

Due date for applications: January 15, 2014

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the academic year beginning in September 2014. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development. Some of the most serious constraints to sustainable development lie in the interconnections among sectors: energy’s growing need for water; the impacts of water use on human health; the competition for land among food, energy and conservation initiatives; and the cumulative impact of all sectoral initiatives on climate and other key environmental services. A central challenge moving forward is to develop an integrated understanding of how sectoral initiatives for sustainability can compete with and complement one another in particular regional contexts. The 2014-15 fellowship competition will therefore focus on regional initiatives pursing an integrated perspective on sustainable development in India, China and Brazil. It will also include a cross-cutting research initiative to integrate work focused on the theme of Innovation for Sustainable Development. Preference in this year’s competition will be given to applicants whose proposals complement one or more of these four initiatives. The Initiatives, click here, are led by Professors William Clark, Michael Kremer, Henry Lee, Rohini Pande, and Paul Moorcroft. The Program is also open, however, to strong proposals in any area of sustainability science. In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy, China, Brazil, India or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply. For more information on the fellowships application process, click here. Applications are due January 15, 2014 and decisions will be announced by March 2014.

Norberg-Bohm Fellowship for HKS PhD Candidates

Due date for applications: March 1, 2015

The Science Technology and Public Policy Program and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government are accepting applications for the Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship for 2015-16. The purpose of the fellowship is to support Kennedy School of Government PhD candidates conducting early exploratory research on energy, environmental, or science and technology issues. The fellowship is designed to enable doctoral students to expose themselves to a wide range of researchers and research approaches early on in their training before they make their ultimate choice of a dissertation topic. The award can be used for a variety of activities such as conducting field work, visiting leading scholars and research institutions, providing support for an internship, or learning a foreign language in a host country. Applications will be accepted from students enrolled in one of the Kennedy School of Government's doctoral programs, i.e. Public Policy, Political Economy and Government, Social Policy, Health Policy. Preference will be given to students in their first two years of the program, or prior to passing their qualifying exams. For more information on the fellowship application process, click here. For information on past fellowship recipients, click here. Applications are due March 1, 2015.

Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science

The Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science honor the legacy of Giorgio Ruffolo, Italy's first Minister of the Environment (1987-92). Mr. Ruffolo worked to build Italian and European Union environmental programs and, through his charismatic leadership, encouraged many young Italians to pursue environmental careers. Designed to strengthen international networks and capacity in the field of sustainability science, the fellowships enable doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, and mid-career professionals to spend time one year as Visiting Fellows at the Center for International Development, with preference given to citizens of Italy, China, Brazil, India or developing countries. The Ruffolo Fellowships, established in 2007, are a component of a gift provided by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea to create a Fund for Sustainable Development at Harvard. For more information on the fellowship application process, click here.

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