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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 Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens.  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 selects fellows in a highly competitive process that brings scholars, practitioners, and political leaders to the School for term appointments with a host of opportunities to pursue independent research projects, enhance their professional skills, and network with their peers. In addition to fellows hosted by individual faculty affiliates, the Ash Center offers  a number of formal fellowship programs, a few of which are highlighted below.

For general inquiries regarding Ash Center fellowship programs, contact Kaori Urayama (Senior Program Manager, Fellows Programs).

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.

Visit website. Contact: Kaori Urayama (Fellows Program Manager)

ASIA Fellows Program

The Ash Center selects fellows in a highly competitive process that brings scholars, practitioners, and political leaders to the School for term appointments with a host of opportunities to pursue independent research projects, enhance their professional skills, and network with their peers. In addition to fellows hosted by individual faculty affiliates, the Ash Center offers  a number of formal fellowship programs, a few of which are highlighted below.

For general inquiries regarding Ash Center fellowship programs, contact Kaori Urayama (Senior Program Manager, Fellows Programs).

china public policy postdoctoral fellowships

The Ash Center offers one to 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, energy and sustainability, business-government relations and the social policies of China.

Visit website. Contact: Kaori Urayama (Senior Program Manager, Fellows Programs)

democracy fellows program

The Democratic Governance Program offers fellowships for doctoral candidates to complete their dissertations without the obligation of teaching at a critical time in their work as well as fellowships for post-docs working on preparing either a book manuscript based on their dissertation or related academic publications. In addition, the Ash Center welcomes a number of visiting scholars and practitioners to further their work on substantive democratic governance issues.

Visit website. Contact: James Rasaiah (Program Coordinator)


Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs. Fellows are selected by the Center's major research programs and are expected to work collaboratively with other Center researchers, as well as on their own projects. 

For general inquiries regarding Belfer Center fellowship programs, contact belfer_fellowships@hks.harvard.edu.

Arctic Initiative

The Arctic Initiative is a project of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Science Technology and Public Policy program at the Belfer Center. This project focuses on addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with the effects of climate change in the Arctic. A special focus is on exploring to what extent existing governmental and international policies, programs, laws, and regulations are adequate and appropriate to address the evolving challenges and opportunities in the Arctic, and to consider how they can be improved.

Visit website. Contact: Brittany Janis (Research Manager)

Cybersecurity

The Cyber Project investigates how developments in the field of cybersecurity will shape international conflict. It aims to help policymakers better understand conflict in cyberspace, how to best defend against it across the ecosystem, and the current and emerging technologies adversaries can exploit. Cybersecurity issues are also addressed more holistically, such as protecting critical infrastructure, information sharing, navigating the tradeoffs between privacy and security, and workforce and diversity issues. The Project seeks non-resident research fellows to study all of these various aspects of cybersecurity policy.

Visit website. Contact: Lauren Zabierek (Executive Director)

Energy Innovation and Decarbonization

The broad goal of this project is to understand the interactions between policies and technologies as the world attempts to decarbonize the energy system, while simultaneously addressing concerns about security, reliability, and cost. It accepts fellowship proposals on 1) hydrogen, 2) large-scale carbon management, and 3) biofuels/low-carbon fuels.

Visit website. Contact: Karin Vander Schaaf (Administrative Coordinator)

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. 

Visit website. Contact: Amanda Sardonis (Associate Director)

ENRP Fellowships include:  

Agriculture and Energy Policy

Fellows will conduct research at the energy, agriculture, and water nexus and how technology and policy might impact deployment at scale.

Visit website. Contact: Amanda Sardonis (Associate Director)

Low-Carbon Development in China and India

Fellows will contribute to ongoing research projects on pathways and policies for decarbonization in China and India.

Visit website. Contact: Karin Vander Schaaf (Administrative Coordinator)

Technological Systems and Innovation Policy

Fellows will focus on policy implementation options to scale new clean energy technologies in the United States. 

Visit website. Contact: Karin Vander Schaaf (Administrative Coordinator)

Ernest May Fellowship in History and Policy

The Ernest May Fellowship in History and Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs aims to help build the next generation of men and women who will bring professional history to bear on strategic studies and major issues of international affairs.

Visit website. Contact: Susan Lynch (Program Assistant)

Geopolitics of Energy

The Geopolitics of Energy Project Fellowship focuses on topics related to the intersection of international politics, security, and energy. The Research Fellow or Visiting Scholar will contribute to the Geopolitics of Energy project's efforts to explore the nexus of politics — broadly defined — and energy, and to highlight policymakers issues of upcoming importance in this arena. This fellowship opportunity is attached to a specific project run by Professor Meghan O'Sullivan. 

Visit website. Contact: Cassandra Favart (Project Coordinator)

International Security Program

The International Security Program develops and trains new talent in security studies by hosting pre- and postdoctoral research fellows. The International Security Program offers fellowships in the following research areas: U.S. defense and foreign policy; grand strategy; diplomacy; nuclear, chemical, and biological–weapons proliferation; managing nuclear technology and materials; chemical and biological weapons proliferation, control, and countermeasures; terrorism; regional security, internal and ethnic conflict; and international relations theory. Applicants whose proposed research focuses on cybersecurity issues, should apply to the Cyber Security Project's fellowship instead.

Visit website. Contact: Susan Lynch (Program Assistant)

Managing the Atom

The Project on Managing the Atom offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, and mid-career professionals, for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Research topics of interest include aspects of nuclear nonproliferation policy, nuclear weapons strategy, arms control, disarmament processes and verification, the future of nuclear energy, regional conflict and nuclear weapons, security for nuclear weapons and materials, and other issues of nuclear policy.

Visit website. Contact: Jacob Carozza (Project Coordinator)

Middle East Initiative

The Middle East Initiative (MEI) is dedicated to advancing public policy in the Middle East through applied research, engagement with practitioners and scholars, and leadership development on campus and in the region. Led by Professor Tarek Masoud and housed at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Middle East Initiative’s research priorities include strengthening governance and economic development, promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and exploring the region’s environmental and technological challenges and opportunities. MEI currently offers several fellowship opportunities for scholars and practitioners at all career stages, and hosts a large number of public events and seminars on campus with scholars, analysts, and policymakers.

Visit website. Contact: Mikaela Bennett (Coordinator for Research Programs and Student Engagement)

National Security Fellows at the Defense Project

The Defense Project seeks to increase the Belfer Center’s visibility and capacity to advance policy relevant knowledge in defense and international security areas and help prepare future leaders for service in those fields. Through a robust speaker series of visiting senior military officers and DoD civilian leaders, this initiative links defense professionals 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 security issues.

National Security Fellows program is housed within the Defense Project. The National Security Fellows are US military officers 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. They have the opportunity to study a wide range of public management and security issues. They belong to a fellowship community that brings other practitioners such as politicians, journalists, diplomats and educators to Harvard. After they leave Cambridge, Fellows continue to take part in a variety of events that are organized regularly for alumni of Harvard Kennedy School.

Visit website. Contact: Natalia Angel (Project Coordinator)

Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Fellowship at the Intelligence Project

The Intelligence Project seeks to build a new generation of intelligence practitioners prepared to serve in a rapidly changing world and to help future policymakers and intelligence consumers understand how best to interact with intelligence to gain a decision advantage. Building on multi-disciplinary research being conducted at the Belfer Center, from history to human rights and cyber technologies, the Intelligence Project links intelligence agencies with Belfer researchers, Faculty, and Kennedy School students, to enrich their education and impact public policy.

The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Fellows Program is housed within the Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The fellowship 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. Since 2012 the Belfer Center has hosted a small, select group of active intelligence officers from the US and foreign intelligence services for a full year of academic study at Harvard University. The purpose of the fellowship is to help prepare the next generation of intelligence leaders for positions of increasing responsibility when they return to their organizations. In return, fellows bring a wealth of practical experience and knowledge to the University. 

Visit website. Contact:  Paul Kolbe (Director)

Stanton Nuclear Security

The purpose of the Stanton Nuclear Security fellowships is to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security by supporting research that will advance policy-relevant understanding of the issues. Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows are joint International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom research fellows.

Visit website. Contact: Susan Lynch (Program Assistant)

Technology and Public Purpose Fellowship

The Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for practitioners at the intersection of responsible technology development to explore multidisciplinary approaches to maximizing the societal benefits of emerging technologies while minimizing the harms.   

In recent years, dilemmas posed by rapid technological innovation have become more complex and acute. The TAPP Fellowship, crafted in response to the greater need to train people to carry out multidisciplinary tech policy and practitioner analysis in both government and industry, is open to individuals from all disciplines with a demonstrated interest in tech and public purpose in their work. Fellows are appointed for a one-year term and are part of a cohort responsible for conducting research in a tech and public purpose field, such as improving digital media, managing the geopolitics of technology, designing ethical AI and biotech, improving the alignment of new forms of work with human fulfillment, and in general shaping technological progress to enhance public purposes.

Visit website. Contact: Karen Ejiofor (Project Coordinator)


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 racial justice, nonviolent action, recent issues presented by COVID-19, transitional justice, and the intersection of technology and human rights.

The Carr Center offers fellowships to policymakers, researchers, and post-doctoral students with demonstrable expertise in these issues. Scholars and practitioners are given the opportunity to spend a semester or one year at Harvard conducting research, sharing experiences with students, and exploring critical human rights issues with a distinguished group of peers. In particular, the Technology and Human Rights Fellowship at the Carr Center invites candidates to conduct research on the ethical and rights implications of technological advancements and artificial intelligence.

Visit our website to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact: Sushma Raman (Executive Director)


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.

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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.

Visit website. Contact: Salimah Samji (Program Director)

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD)

EPoD’s vision is a world where evidence drives continuous improvement in states, systems, and societies for better lives. They believe the best way to foster economic development is to work directly with those who make decisions and implement policy. EPoD engages with policy actors through 1) Rigorous, on-the-ground embedded research and 2) Innovative, evidence-driven capacity building.

The EPoD Research Fellows Program is both a predoctoral opportunity and an avenue for EPoD professors to work with highly qualified individuals with a strong interest in pursuing an academic career in economics or public policy. EPoD fellowships grant fellows a period to collaborate closely with EPoD faculty on a specific research project, and gain experience in microeconomic research methods including research design, and data collection and analysis. Fellows become members of a tight-knit research community at EPoD and the Center for International Development (CID): they attend informal lunches and regular lab meetings where they discuss research, exchange best practices, and give presentations. They can also network among the broader Kennedy School community and enjoy a broad range of activities across Harvard.

Visit Website. Contact: Eve Margolis (Program Manager)

Growth Lab

The Growth Lab at Harvard's Center for International Development works to understand the dynamics of growth and translate those insights into more effective policymaking in developing countries. Led by Ricardo Hausmann, the Growth Lab places increased economic diversity and complexity at the center of the development story and uncovers how countries may move into industries that offer increased productivity.

What makes the Growth Lab unique is its combination of empirical and theoretical research on the determinants of growth and its social, political, and environmental sustainability. To accomplish our work, we maintain a strong academic research team that focuses on advancing the theory of economic development. This team works together with policy-oriented researchers that understand our theories and apply them to country-specific challenges. Our diverse team includes multi-disciplinary fellows with backgrounds ranging from economics to physics and computer science, as well as a highly-trained staff that creates tools for dissemination and learning. We also rely on a large community of experts in and outside Harvard University who help inform the research efforts of our teams in areas that lie beyond the realm of our expertise.

For Fellowships and other opportunities, please visit our website.  Contact: Andrea Hayes


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.

Beck Visiting Social Innovators at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative

Hosted at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative (SICI), the Marla and Barry Beck Visiting Social Innovators program invites accomplished practitioners from around the world to advance positive social impact within and beyond the Harvard University community. These practitioners operate beyond traditional boundaries, bringing a multi-sector, global, systems perspective to their work. Through elements of their vision for change, approach, and lived example, they reflect SICI’s values, vision, and key priorities. Beck Visiting Social Innovators are selected for their deep expertise, thoughtfully cultivated networks, creative energy, and track record of social impact accomplishment. Additionally, they have a strong desire to contribute meaningfully to the development of individual students, impact in the communities they represent, and the social innovation ecosystem more broadly.

Visit Website. Contact: Colleen Kelly ( Assistant Director)

CPL Hauser Leaders Program

The Hauser Leaders Program at Harvard Kennedy School hosts a unique portfolio of high-profile leaders and practitioners from across public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Hauser Leaders spend their time on campus advising students and engaging with faculty during richly-programmed visits throughout the academic year. By teaching skill-building and leadership development workshops, engaging key external stakeholders, and advising students and alumni, Hauser Leaders enact the Center for Public Leadership’s mission to develop principled, effective public leaders who make positive change in the world. Hauser Leaders also inform Harvard curriculum by speaking in the classroom, engaging in research and case development, and sharing expertise with lead faculty.

Visit website. Contact: Anastasia Trainque (Assistant Director, Special Programs)

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.

Visit website. Contact: Ken Himmelman (Executive Director)


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.

Visit website. Contact: Abbie James (Fellows & Study Groups Manager)


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.

Visit website. Contact: Susan Ocitti Mahoney (Manager, Finance and Administration)

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.

Visit website. Contact: Susan Ocitti Mahoney (Manager, Finance and Administration)


Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy draws on the worlds of scholarship, policy, teaching and practice to address public policy questions about inequality and economic mobility, criminal justice reform, the future of work, race and history, education, poverty, health policy, human services, immigration, and labor.  The Center is a community of faculty, researchers, fellows and staff who:

  • Conduct research on important policy issues that affect the lives of those who are most vulnerable;
  • Provide professional executive education for those in the world of practice;
  • Educate the next generation of academics and policy scholars;
  • Develop working collaborations with practitioners and the broader policy community.

The Center hosts visiting scholars and practitioners at various times during the academic year.  Faculty members also sponsor predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellow opportunities for college and university graduates who gain experience and expertise working on social policy research projects.  Harvard University PhD students in the social sciences can also apply for doctoral fellow opportunities through the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone PhD Scholars in Inequality and Wealth Concentration and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener PhD Scholars in Poverty and Justice programs.  Information about the Center’s research, programs, projects, PhD education, seminars, and fellowship opportunities are featured on the website.

Visit Website. Contact: Barbara Whalen (Executive Director)


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).

Visit website. Contact: Susan Gill (Program Coordinator, M-RCBG)

Corporate Responsibility Initiative

The Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) 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.

Visit website. Contact: Minoo Ghoreishi (Program Coordinator, M-RCBG)

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.

Visit website. Contact: Robert Stowe(Executive Director)

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.

Visit website. Contact: Paul Sherman (Program Coordinator)

Sustainability Science

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

Visit website. Contact: Nora O'Neil (Program Manager)


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.

Taubman 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.

Visit website. Contact: Rafael Carbonell (Executive Director)

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.

Visit website. Contact: Antonio Wendland (Associate Director)


Women and Public Policy Program

The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School advances women and gender equity in economic opportunity, political participation, and education by creating knowledge, training leaders, and informing public policy and organizational practices.

We envision a world in which everyone is able to define and fulfill their life aspirations unconstrained by gender bias. Our mission is to equip leaders and changemakers with rigorous evidence-based strategies to advance women and gender equity.

Our research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political, and social opportunities available to individuals. We identify successful interventions and measure their impact on women, men, and society, then share recommendations on what policies, organizational practices, and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.

We train today’s leaders and prepare future leaders to create a more gender equal world, while providing women with skills and tools to successfully navigate existing systems. We draw on Harvard University’s unparalleled faculty expertise and its global reach to impact the thinking of those who make decisions across sectors.

No other organization in the world builds on behavioral insights to create evidence-based organizational designs that can promote women's empowerment, overcome gender bias, and provide equal opportunities for women and men, like the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. And no other entity provides assistance to organizations with the goal of consulting, learning and teaching at the same time, benefiting from the talent pool of Harvard faculty, students and fellows.

WAPPP Fellowship

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.

Visit website. Contact: Laura Botero (Programs and Special Projects Coordinator)