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Alwyn Spencer

Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program. Head of Office and Senior Private Secretary, Cabinet Office.

Research interests: Economic geography; international economics; sustainability; inequality and inclusion; demography; migration; new technologies; and populism and democracy.... Read more about Alwyn Spencer

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Applying FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?

There are three types of applicants: 1. Faculty from other universities who may wish to spend sabbatical leave at the Weatherhead Center pursuing research; 2. Postdoctoral researchers who have received their PhDs in the last three calendar years, or who will have defended by the start of their academic appointment; and 3. Practitioners with a strong scholarly bent who wish to spend a year conducting a research project connected to a core interest of the Weatherhead Center. Faculty and postdocs are required to have a PhD. Practitioners do not need a PhD to be eligible.

Do you accommodate scholars for less than a full academic year?

Scholars must be in residence for a minimum of 4 months; moreover, these 4 months should be primarily in the fall and spring terms. We do not recommend that scholars spend most of their time in residence during the summer months, as many faculty are away from campus then.

What are the expectations for participants in the program?

All participants must be in residence while Harvard classes are in session. For [full] academic year participants, this means being present for the Fall Term from late August (for orientation) through early December, and for the Spring Term from late January through early May. Participants are required to be in residence for a minimum of 4 months. Scholars and Fellows are also expected to participate in the Weatherhead Forum and in the Scholars Program Seminar; to contribute to some of the Center’s many other intellectual activities, including the research clusters; and to engage with the... Read more about What are the expectations for participants in the program?

What is the application process for the Weatherhead Scholars Program?

All applicants should submit the following documents: cover letter; curriculum vitae (five pages maximum); description of research project (three pages or less); two letters of recommendation. Applicants should submit all materials through the online application portal. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision in mid-December.
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