Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

For more information, please visit:


The Center offers both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Applications for fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have acquired appropriate professional experience. The Belfer Center seeks applications from political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The Center also encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. Fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Pre-doctoral research fellows are expected to contribute to the Center's research activities, as well as work on — and ideally complete — their doctoral dissertations.

Stipend Information

The Belfer Center offers ten-month stipends of $34,000 to post-doctoral and advanced research fellows and $20,000 to pre-doctoral fellows. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding. All applicants should indicate clearly in their research statement whether they are seeking full or partial funding from the Center, and indicate other potential funding sources. Non-stipendiary appointments are also offered.

Areas of Research

  • International Security Program (ISP)

    Addresses U.S. defense and foreign policy; 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 in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; internal and ethnic conflict; transatlantic relations; democracy and democratization as a factor in international politics.

    The International Security Program offers pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships. The Belfer Center also co-sponsors, with the Shorenstein Center for Press and Politics, a fellowship for journalists specializing in defense and foreign affairs.
  • Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP)

    STPP has two major research projects, the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Project (ETIP) and the Managing the Atom Project (MTA), that offer pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in national and comparative science and technology policies and policy formation mechanisms; science and technology policy for competitiveness, sustainability, and security; social determinants of, and social impacts of, scientific and technological change.

    STPP also sponsors post-doctoral fellowships to those interested in conducting advanced research on Science and Technology (S&T) Policy in two particular areas of focus: Information and Communications Technology and Public Policy (ICTPP) and Water – Energy Nexus (WEN). The S&T Policy Research Fellows will work with the STPP Program Director. They will research the development and adoption of novel technologies and the role of the government and the private sectors in facilitating and shaping their deployment.

    STPP co-sponsors pre- and post-doctoral fellowships with ENRP and ISP as noted.

China and Environmental Sustainability Project (with ENRP)

ETIP, in conjunction with the Sustainability Science Program (SSP), is seeking fellows with a focus on sustainability policy in China. The China Sustainability Research Fellows will contribute to ETIP's efforts to identify and to promote policies that will contribute to a thoughtful use of China's natural resources (e.g., water, land) and/or to the adoption of cleaner and less carbon-intensive industrial and energy technologies. The Fellows may lead research efforts in areas that may include: analyzing the impact of energy and industrial policies on water scarcity; assessing the barriers to the development or deployment of cleaner energy technologies; studying the impact of industrialization on fragile ecosystems and livelihoods; or other environmental or resource policy topics. The Research Fellows will be expected to produce at least one publishable article, to present his or her findings before internal and external audiences, and to play a substantive role in the dissemination process of any findings, including interacting with policymakers or other people of influence in the United States and China.

Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group

ETIP is seeking Research Fellows who will work to identify and to promote energy policy strategies for reducing conventional air pollution, minimizing emissions of climate-altering gases, lessening dependence on imported fuels, stimulating economic development, and alleviating poverty. ETIP Research Fellows will focus on: (a) the opportunities and societal and environmental impacts of using cleaner and more efficient energy technologies; and (b) the processes, policies, and institutions shaping technical change and diffusion of energy technologies. ETIP’s work in several countries (currently the United States, China, Europe, India, Brazil, and the Middle East and North Africa region) rather than in only one country, not only multiplies directly our leverage on the world scale and facilitates the pursuit of cooperative efforts of ETIP Fellows and Faculty, but also allows for the development of new insights from comparisons and contrasts among conditions and strategies in different cases.

Geopolitics of Energy (with ENRP)

The Geopolitics of Energy 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 policymaker issues of upcoming importance in this arena. A wide variety of research interests will be considered, although the project is particularly interested in work related to the geopolitics of natural gas, resource nationalism, resource mercantilism, energy strategies of great powers, the future of OPEC, international institutions, and competition in the Arctic.

Information and Communications Technology and Public Policy (ICTPP)

Addresses the transforming effects on the formulation, execution, and communication of government policy, services and operations. The ICTPP Research Fellow will be expected to explore the critical aspects of ICT found at the intersection of technology policy and governance, such as net neutrality, looming technological advances in broadband, privacy, cyber security, and open government issues that could shape technology and communications innovation in coming years.

Managing the Atom Project 

Addresses the risks posed by nuclear weapons and weapons-usable materials; assessing the future of civilian nuclear power; and strengthening democratic management of both through improved access to information, broader public participation, and more effective regulation and oversight. Managing the Atom is a joint project of the Belfer Center's International Security Program (see above), and most of its fellowships are joint appointments with the International Security Program.

Water-Energy Nexus (WEN)

Addresses the close link between water and energy. The water industry is energy-intensive: consuming electricity for desalination, pumping, and treatment of wastewater. The energy industry is water-intensive: consuming water for resource extraction (oil, gas, coal, biomass etc.), energy conversion (refining and processing), transportation, and power generation. The Water – Energy Nexus Research Fellows will be expected to explore the role that policy and innovation could play to incentivize a more efficient use of water and energy resources in different sectors and/or regions.

Fellowship Online Application

Applications for these fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year will be accepted until January 14, 2012. Decisions will be announced by March 31, 2012.

Fellowship Online Application for 2012-2013 Academic Year

For more information:
Telephone: 617-495-8806
E-mail: bcsia_fellowships(at)

Views: 981

Reply to This

Sponsored Link

Please Pay What You Can to Support PCDN

Please consider Paying What You Can to help PCDN grow. We encourage you to consider any amount from $1 and up. Read the SUPPORT page prior to making a payment to see PCDN's impact and how your payment will help.

Sponsored Link

Translate This Page


PCDN Guidelines and Share Pages

By using this site you're agreeing to the terms of use as outlined in the community guidelines (in particular PCDN is an open network indexed by Google and users should review the privacy options). Please note individual requests for funding or jobs are NOT permitted on the network.

Click BELOW to share site resources Bookmark and Share
or Share on LINKEDIN




© 2016   Created by Craig Zelizer.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service