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Once in the program, can I organize a meeting or conference?

Scholars interested in organizing an event should discuss with the program director. The director can reserve a room and publicize an event. The program might also offer lunch or other refreshments. Please note that the program does not offer honoraria, nor does it pay transportation/hotel costs for speakers.

Do you offer scholars and fellows work space?

Scholars and fellows are offered shared office space (typically 4-5 per office) at 61 Kirkland St. in Cambridge, about two blocks from the Weatherhead Center's main space at the Center for Government and International Studies (1737 Cambridge St., second floor). Each person wil have an assigned desk and access to printers and a copier/scanner. If needed, the Program will provide the use of a desktop computer or a monitor that can be connected to a personal laptop. 

Do you offer additional resources for research and/or conference travel?

Scholars and fellows are all eligible to be assigned an undergraduate Research Assistant throughout the duration of their appointment; students are paid by the Weatherhead Center, at $17/hr for 5-10 hours/week. Research Assistants must be Harvard College students in residence/in Massachusetts. 

At this point, we are not offering additional travel grants for participation in events and conferences.

Do you write letters in support of funding applications?

Because the deadline for grant applications often precedes the Weatherhead Center’s application deadline as well as the time when candidates are notified, we are able to write conditional letters in support of grant applications. That is, we write a letter of invitation to the Program and specify that the offer depends on receiving funding and earning acceptance into the Weatherhead Scholars Program. The grant applicant must apply separately to the Weatherhead Scholars Program. 

Who is eligible to apply?

There are three types of applicants:

1. Faculty (Scholars) from other universities who 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 (Fellows) 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... Read more about Who is eligible to apply?

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

Scholars must be in residence for a minimum of four months; these four months should be primarily in the fall and spring terms while classes are in session. We do not recommend that scholars spend most of their time in residence during the summer months, as most faculty and students are away from campus from June to August. Please note that given the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be some flexibility given uncertainty around travel and occupancy constraints.

What are the expectations for participants in the program?

Participants are required to be in residence for a minimum of four months, and ideally for one academic year. All participants must be in residence while Harvard classes are in session (with exceptions made given uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic). For full academic year participants, this means being present from late August (for orientation) through early December, and from late January through early May. Scholars and fellows are also expected to participate in relevant Weatherhead Center events and to contribute to some of the Center’s many other intellectual activities,...

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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 expenses are associated with the program?

Fees associated with the program:

  • Postdoctoral fellows do not pay a fee, and some stipendiary funding is available.
  • Standard program administrative fee for academic year for practitioners (Fellows) = $25,000; or $12,500 for a single semester.
  • Standard program administrative fee for academic year for visiting faculty (Scholars) = $10,000; or $5,000 for a single semester. 

Some exceptions for extenuating circumstances can be...

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