Each academic year Harvard Kennedy School hosts a broad and diverse array of visiting scholars, researchers, and practitioners who participate in the school’s academic life through the various fellows programs offered by centers and programs.
This guide aims to foster greater connection among and between these research communities and HKS faculty, students, and staff by providing regularly updated program overviews, links, and contact information for fellows programs at the Kennedy School. We invite you to visit the fellows program sites included in the guide below for additional information about the people, research, and activities taking place in the broader research community at the Kennedy School.
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion. Three major programs support our mission: The Program on Democratic Governance; the Innovations in Government Program; and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia.
General Overview of Fellows Programs at the Ash Center
The Ash Center offers opportunities for academics and practitioners with extensive academic and professional expertise in our center’s focal research areas. The fellows programs allow our affiliates to pursue independent research projects, enhance their professional skills, and network with their peers. We have a number of programs, a few of which are highlighted below.
For general inquiries regarding Ash Center fellowship programs, contact Kaori Urayama (Fellows Program Manager).
China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Ash Center offers two postdoctoral fellowships every year to recent Ph.D. recipients of exceptional promise in the field of contemporary Chinese public policy. Preferences are given to those working in the areas of domestic politics, political economy, and the social development of China.
Democracy Fellows Program
The Democracy Program at the Ash Center seeks to build an intellectual community of scholars whose research illuminates unique aspects of democratic governance. The Center offers fellowships for scholars and practitioners examining issues such as democracy in "hard places," citizen participation, government innovations at the regional and local levels, challenges to democracy, and other academic areas of interest relevant to the Democracy Program.
Program on Crisis Leadership
The Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) offers fellowships to academics and senior practitioners conducting research on issues relating to emergency preparedness, crisis response, and disaster recovery. Applications are by invitation only.
The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia / Rajawali Fellows
The Rajawali Fellows Program allows visiting scholars and practitioners to engage in independent research projects pertaining to various Asian public policy issues. Preferences are given to projects related to the Ash Center's research target areas (political economy, social development, and local governance and innovation in Asia). Applications are by invitation only.
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
The Belfer Center is the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy.
The Center has a dual mission: (1) to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues where science, technology, environmental policy, and international affairs intersect; and (2) to prepare future generations of leaders for those arenas.
Environment and Natural Resources Program
The Environment and Natural Resources Program's mandate is to conduct policy-relevant research at the regional, national, international, and global level, and through its outreach initiatives to make its products available to decision-makers, scholars, and interested citizens. Research fellows identify and develop policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adopting clean energy technologies, and meeting sustainability goals, with a special focus on China and the European Union.
Energy, Technology Innovation Program
The overarching objective of the Energy Technology Innovation Program (ETIP) research group is to determine and then seek to promote adoption of effective strategies for developing and deploying cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, primarily in three of the biggest energy-consuming nations in the world: the United States, China, and India.
Please note: The Energy, Technology Innovation program will concluded at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.
Geopolitics of Energy Project
The Geopolitics of Energy Project explores the intersection of energy, security, and international politics. The project, launched in 2011, aims to improve our understanding of how energy demand and supply shape international politics – and vice versa. It also endeavors to inform policymakers and students about major challenges to global energy security and, where possible, to propose new ways of thinking about and addressing these issues. The project focuses both on conventional and alternative energies, as both will influence and be influenced by geopolitical realities.
Intelligence and Defense Project
The Intelligence and Defense Project seeks to increase the Center’s capacity to advance policy relevant knowledge in intelligence and defense areas and help prepare future leaders in those fields. The initiative builds on the intelligence and defense related research already being done at the Belfer Center and adds new research to fill knowledge gaps. The initiative links intelligence and defense agencies with Belfer researchers, faculty, and Kennedy School students, to facilitate better policy-making in the field and enrich the education of fellows and students about intelligence and defense.
International Security Program
The International Security Program addresses the most important challenges to U.S. national security and international security. Research interests include: U.S. defense and foreign policy; Russian security policy; nuclear proliferation; managing nuclear technology and materials; the political economy of the Russian nuclear complex; chemical and biological weapons proliferation, control, and countermeasures; terrorism; regional security, especially the Russian periphery, East and South Asia, and the Middle East; internal and ethnic conflict; transatlantic relations; democracy and democratization as a factor in international politics.
Project on Managing the Atom
The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) brings together scholars and practitioners who conduct policy-relevant research on key issues affecting the future of nuclear weapons, the nuclear nonproliferation regime, and nuclear energy—particularly where these futures intersect, for example in the management and protection of fissile material.
Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Fellowship
The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Fellows Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs educates the next generation of thought leaders in national and international intelligence and supports their research to develop policy-relevant knowledge for the most pressing security issues.
Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security Project
The Project on Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security focuses on national and regional security issues in the Gulf. The Project conducts studies related to defense, security, and intelligence issues relevant to Saudi Arabia and the GCC states – Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar. It specifically examines the regional tensions, rivalries, and conflicts that confront these nations with a special emphasis on the military, security, and intelligence aspects.
Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program is a research, teaching, and outreach program of the Belfer Center. The program is devoted to the intellectual exploration of the critical role that science and technology play in society, and the complex interplay between scientific and technological innovation and public policy. The STPP program offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the stimulating environment of the Belfer Center. Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, STPP fellows will focus on three major research areas: Information Technology Policy and Security; Energy Transformation; and Emerging Issues in Science, Technology, and Public Policy.
Middle East Initiative
The Middle East Initiative explores issues related to Middle Eastern governance and public policy, and seeks to deepen Harvard Kennedy School's relationship with the peoples and institutions of the Middle East by sponsoring programs and outreach efforts that promote intensive engagement with the region. Research interests include democratizing politics; establishing durable, accountable democracies by focusing on political institutions and by empowering the region's citizens; revitalizing the state; reforming the Middle East's social service delivery systems with a special emphasis on health, education, and social protection; and democratizing financial and labor markets by working to ensure that the financial and labor markets in the Middle East benefit the entire population, not just the elite. MEI offers one-year fellowships for researchers at the pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels, as well as one semester programs for visiting scholars.
National Security Fellows
The National Security Fellows are twenty (20) US military officers (Lieutenant Colonels, Colonels, or equivalent rank) and civilian officials from the Department of Defense and the intelligence community who are eligible for senior developmental education and come to Harvard for their "senior service college" year. Fellows audit courses and pursue research during this eleven-month postgraduate research fellowship.
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
The Carr Center’s mission is to realize global justice through theory, policy, and practice. We conduct groundbreaking research, educate students and the next generation of policy practitioners, and convene leaders from around the world to inform and influence human rights. Our work focuses primarily on human security, global governance, economic justice, and equality and discrimination.
The Carr Center offers fellowships to policymakers, researchers and post-doctoral students with demonstrable expertise in these issues. The fellowship is unpaid and may be either one semester or one academic year in duration. This is an opportunity to conduct and publish original human rights research and to lead study groups with graduate students.
Center for International Development
The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University is a university-wide center that works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty. CID is Harvard's leading research hub focusing on resolving the dilemmas of public policy associated with generating stable, shared, and sustainable prosperity in developing countries. Our ongoing mission is to apply knowledge to and revolutionize the world of development practice.
Building State Capability
In many developing countries the capability of the state to implement its policies and programs is a key constraint to improving human development. Many reform initiatives fail to achieve sustained improvements in performance because organizations pretend to reform by changing what policies and organizational structures look like rather than what they actually do. To escape the trap of stagnant capability and increasing frustration, new conceptual models of state capability are required. The BSC team is exploring the potential of a new Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach, which rests on four principles: Local Solutions for Local Problems, Pushing Problem Driven Positive Deviance; Try, Learn, Iterate, Adapt; Scale through Diffusion.
Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD)
The faculty researchers who lead Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School believe that evidence-based smart policy design can help governments make the most of limited resources and improve the lives of the poor. EPoD comprises a network of scholars, practitioners, staff and students at Harvard and across the developing world. They work closely with public and private in-country partners to identify problems and generate rigorous evidence that enables the design and implementation of effective policy solutions, and they teach their methods both in the classroom and the field. EPoD leverages its unique position at HKS to forge partnerships with senior policymakers from all parts of the world and implement evidence-based reform.
Sustained economic growth is the single most important determinant of persistent increases in living standards and reductions in poverty. The large income gap between the 10 richest and 10 poorest countries — which now stands at a ratio of 145 to 1 — and the massive incidence of global poverty reflects the inability of poor countries to achieve sustained growth. The Growth Lab works to understand the dynamics of growth and to translate those insights into more effective policymaking in developing countries. The Growth Lab places increased economic diversity and complexity at the center of the development story and uncovers how countries move into industries that offer increased productivity.
Center for Public Leadership
The Center for Public Leadership is committed to growing leaders in a changing world. Recognizing that effective public leadership is essential to the common good, CPL serves people in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors through cutting-edge research, teaching, and leadership development efforts.
CPL Hauser Leaders Program
Hauser Leaders at the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) are practitioners at the top of their fields who mentor, coach, and advise Harvard Kennedy School students. These leaders teach skill-building and leadership development workshops, contribute to research that supports the mission of CPL, and on behalf of and in collaboration with CPL leadership, may engage external stakeholders for programmatic and strategic advancement.
The Hauser Leaders Program features the Hauser Leaders-in-Residence Program (HLiR) and the Hauser Visiting Leaders Program (HVL). While Hauser Leaders-in-Residence join Harvard Kennedy School for one-to-two semester residential appointments within the Center, Hauser Visiting Leaders visit CPL for short, richly programmed visits (2-5 days per stay) throughout the academic year.
CPL Visiting Scholars and Practitioners
CPL hosts, by invitation only, distinguished scholars and practitioners whose research makes a significant contribution to leadership-relevant scholarship. These fellowships are currently offered without stipend.
Institute of Politics
Harvard’s Institute of Politics was created as a memorial to President Kennedy to inspire students to get involved in politics and public service. The institute oversees the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, one of the world’s premier arenas for speech and debate, and runs a unique resident fellows program for political practitioners to spend a semester at Harvard,
Institute of Politics Fellows
The IOP Fellows Program represents a unique opportunity for political practitioners with diverse experiences and viewpoints to spend a semester at Harvard. Fellows lead a not-for-credit study group, participate in Institute activities, and engage in informal interchange with students and faculty. The Fellows Program is central to the Institute's dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to develop ways for the academic and political communities to learn from each other.
Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard University research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars, and between them and the public. Through teaching and research at the Kennedy School of Government and its program of visiting fellows, conferences and initiatives, the Center is at the forefront of its area of inquiry.
Joan Shorenstein Fellowships
The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners. The primary focus for a Fellow is to research, write and publish a 15-20-page paper on a media/politics topic.
The Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship
The Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship brings high-profile figures at the forefront of media, politics, and public policy to the Harvard Kennedy School to work with students, faculty, scholars, and the public on important issues of the moment. The Fellows spend varying periods of time at Harvard and focus on important policy areas.
The Entrepreneurship Fellowship invites experienced entrepreneurs to Harvard Kennedy School to advise students interested in starting new programs and organizations, and to work with faculty on research and course development. The explosion of innovation out of emerging technology companies has profound consequences for the public sphere – from media to public policy. By developing relationships between communities of private sector entrepreneurs, NGOs and Kennedy School students, the Entrepreneurship Fellowship is intended to encourage more thoughtful approaches to public policy on the part of disruptive startups, and better support Kennedy School students looking to start new organizations and programs.
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy conducts research and designs policy in the areas of criminal justice, health, labor, education, poverty and inequality, social insurance, and human services.
Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Through applied research and service, the Harvard Project aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian nations. Core activities include research, advisory services, executive education and the administration of a tribal governance awards program.
Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
The European Network on Inequality (ENI) links the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy with 13 of Europe's leading university and research centers for the study of social policy, including those at the London School of Economics, University of Bristol, University of Aarhus, Sciences-Po Paris, WZB Berlin, University of Bremen, Cologne Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, UCD Geary Institute, European Unviersity Institute, University of Maastricht, Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Pompeu Fabra University, and the Juan March Institute in Madrid. Through this network, Ph.D. candidates from these affiliate European Institutions participate in the Harvard program's activities as visiting research scholars of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and policy concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of business and government. The scope of its work ranges from the local to the global levels, and brings together thought leaders from both the public and private sectors.
M-RCBG Senior Fellows
M-RCBG Senior fellows are distinguished professionals from government and/or business who come to M-RCBG to address issues at the interface of the public and private sectors. Senior fellows undertake independent research projects that culminate in a journal article or book. They also offer study groups for Harvard students. They must be physically present on campus on a weekly or near-weekly basis to maximize contact with students and the broader M-RCBG community. Senior fellow appointments are non-stipendiary (unfunded).
Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
The Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (CSRI) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder program that seeks to study and enhance the public contributions of private enterprise. Through its two primary workstreams of Governance & Accountability and Business & International Development, it explores the intersection of corporate responsibility, corporate governance, public policy, and international development.
Consortium for Energy Policy Research
The Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard is dedicated to advancing Harvard’s energy policy research and fostering collaboration across the University in cooperation with Harvard’s Future of Energy initiative.
Harvard Environmental Economics Program
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program develops innovative answers to today's complex environmental issues, by providing a venue to bring together faculty and graduate students from across the University engaged in teaching, research and outreach, in environmental and economics research and related public policy.
Program on Science, Technology and Society
The Program on Science, Technology and Society is dedicated to enhancing the quality of research, education, and public debate on the role of science and technology in contemporary societies. Through integrated, cross-disciplinary initiatives in research, teaching, training, and public outreach the Program seeks to develop foundational, policy-relevant insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture. Among the fields that significantly contribute to the STS Program’s core mission are science and technology studies, anthropology, comparative politics, history, government, law, and sociology.
The Sustainability Science Program harnesses the University's strengths to promote the design of institutions, policies, and practices that support sustainable development. The Program addresses the challenge of sustainable development by advancing scientific understanding of human-environment systems; improving linkages between research and policy communities; and building capacity for linking knowledge with action to promote sustainability. The fellows program focuses on regional initiatives pursuing an integrated perspective on sustainable development in India, China, and Brazil. It also includes a cross-cutting research initiative to integrate work focused on the theme of innovation and access for sustainable development. Applications for the 2016-2017 Academic Year fellowship are administered through the Belfer Center for International Affairs.
Taubman Center for State and Local Government
The Taubman Center invites a very limited number of individuals to be affiliated with the Center as resident or non-resident fellows, with the primary purpose being to introduce individuals with stimulating intellectual interests into the community of Center faculty and researchers. These individuals are either academic researchers or doctoral/post-doctoral fellows.
The Taubman Center invites a limited number of individuals to be affiliated with the Center as resident or non-resident fellows, with the primary purpose being to introduce individuals with stimulating intellectual interests into the community of Center faculty and researchers. These individuals are either academic researchers or doctoral/post-doctoral fellows.
Program on Education Policy and Governance
Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) has distinguished itself as a significant contributor to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements. The Program currently offers three fellowships:
Program on Education Policy and Governance Master's Fellowships
The PEPG Master's Fellowships are two-year, half-tuition LEEP fellowships for those pursuing the Master of Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School, or an equivalent master's program at Harvard University.
Program on Education Policy and Governance Doctoral Fellowships
The PEPG Doctoral Fellowships are two-year, full-tuition fellowships with an annual stipend of $26,780 for those pursuing a full-time doctoral program.
Program on Education Policy and Governance Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
The PEPG Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are one-year, renewable residential fellowships for those holding a doctorate in a relevant discipline, with an annual stipend of $55,000.
Women and Public Policy Program
The Women and Public Policy Program closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders, and informing public policy and organizational practices. Our research generates evidence-based insights into the role of gender in shaping the economic, political, and social opportunities available to individuals. We develop and measure the impact of policy and organizational interventions, then share recommendations on what works to close involuntary gender gaps.
WAPPP offers non-stipendiary fellowships to exceptional scholars conducting gender-related research in one of WAPPP’s four focal areas (economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education). The fellowship program brings together a diverse set of researchers and supports their work through a community of faculty, students, and other fellows across HKS and beyond. Fellows enrich the intellectual life of the center through active participation in WAPPP research seminars, as well as other seminars relevant to their interests. Fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, scholarly article, or other significant publication during their period of residence.