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.
The Weatherhead Center is pleased to refer scholars to an excellent editor who has worked for many researchers in our academic community. Please note, however, that scholars are responsible for covering the costs of editing.
Scholars get their own desk. Depending on their location, most scholars also have a desktop computer and access to printers and a copy machine. Most scholars are housed at 61 Kirkland Street, on the Harvard University campus.
Because the deadline for grant applications often precedes the Weatherhead Center’s application deadline as well as the time when the selection committee evaluates the applications, we write conditional letters in support of grant applications. That is, we write a letter of invitation to the program and state that the offer depends on getting funding and earning acceptance into the Weatherhead Scholars Program. The grant applicant must apply separately to the Weatherhead Scholars Program.
There is funding (monthly stipend plus health insurance) for some of the postdoctoral researchers. Other postdoctoral researchers, as well as all visiting faculty and practitioners, must cover their own living expenses in the Cambridge area. In addition, visiting faculty and practitioners will be assessed a program administrative fee; the annual fee is $10,000 for faculty and $25,000 for practitioners.
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.
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.
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?
The deadline to apply for the following academic year is November 1. For example, if you are applying for the 2020 -- 2021 academic year, the online deadline is November 1, 2019. If one of your documents is not uploaded properly or if one of your recommenders is late, please contact Kathleen Molony (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Read more about What if I miss a deadline?
The Harvard International Office website offers helpful tips on finding housing in the Greater Cambridge area (http://www.hio.harvard.edu/housing). Once you are accepted into the Program, and if you are interested in Harvard University housing, we recommend you submit an application before May 1. The HIO website offers access to the housing application. In addition, the Weatherhead Center has a staff person who is very knowledgeable about the local housing market, and who can assist you in your search.... Read more about Where do I get information on housing?