Sustainability Science Program

Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship

Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship

Due date for applications: March 1, 2016

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.

Purpose: 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.

Award: In the 2015-16 academic year, we plan to make two-three awards of $7,000 each. 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. No tuition support or indirect costs may be covered by this award. For information on recipients of the award click here.

Eligibility: 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.

Expectations: The fellow will be expected to produce a working paper reporting on the research experience and present it at a HKS seminar. If a fellow is not already involved with a KSG research program or group, we will assist in making a connection for them.

Application deadline: Applications must be received by March 1, 2016.

Application process: Students should submit, by email, an application that contains:

  1. One-page cover letter summarizing why this opportunity will benefit them.
  2. A description of what they would do with the support, including a title and budget (2 pages maximum)
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Recommendation letter from a member of the HKS faculty with whom the applicant has discussed this proposal.
  5. A list of other sources, if any, approached for funding
  6. Applications should be sent via email to

Selection process: Selection will be made by a committee of Kennedy School faculty and staff that include Profs. William Clark, Henry Lee, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. The applicants will be assessed on the quality of their proposed research and the intellectual rigor and relevance to the student's previous work.

Dr. Vicki Norberg-Bohm's work focused on understanding the process of technological change and the role of public policy for stimulating innovation and diffusion of environment-enhancing technologies. Her research resulted in expanded interest in the field of technology innovation for sustainable development. She completed her Ph.D. in Public Policy at Harvard in 1996. Dr. Norberg-Bohm then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Co-Director of the Program on Environmental Research and Education from 1994 to 1999. She returned to Harvard in 1999 to direct the Energy Technology Innovation Project from 1999 until 2003. She passed away in 2004.