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Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship

Due date for applications: The 2021 application cycle has closed. Check back in Fall 2021 for the Spring 2022 cycle details.

The Sustainability Science Program; 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 Harvard 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: Each academic year, we plan to make twothree awards of $7,000 each. The award can be used for a variety of activities including support for access to data and collaboration with other researchers having limited or no funds to support the participation of an award recipient. Prior awards provided funds to conduct field work, attend conferences, learn a foreign language in a host country, or visit leading scholars, practitioners, and research institutions. Harvard currently restricts the use of university funds for travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we intend to return to supporting those types of activities as soon as the policy is eased. 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 Harvard Kennedy School's doctoral programs, i.e., Public Policy, Political Economy and Government, Social Policy, or 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 or report on the research experience and may be asked to present it at an HKS seminar. If a fellow is not already involved with an HKS research program or group, we will assist in making a connection for them.

Application deadline:  The 2021 application cycle has closed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for the Spring 2022 deadline announcement.

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

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

Applications should be sent via email to sustsci_grants@hks.harvard.edu.

Selection process: Selection will be made by a committee of Kennedy School faculty and staff. 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 PhD 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.