Davis Center Fellowship Program

Deadline: 9 January 2012
Open to: Citizens of all countries and Citizens of Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus
Fellowship: From 26,000 to 46,000 $


The Davis Center is pleased to announce the theme for its 2012–2013 Fellows Program. The Fellows Program brings together scholars at early and later stages in their careers to consider a common theme spanning the social sciences and humanities. Professors Timothy Colton (Government) and Serhii Plokhii (History) will coordinate the 2012–2013 program. We are interested in applications from scholars currently working on our chosen theme, or equally those working on unrelated themes, but who are interested in exploring our theme. (Note that scholars whose work does not address the selected theme are encouraged to apply for fellowships at the Davis Center, and their applications will receive full consideration.)


The theme for 2012–2013 is “Imperial Legacies and International Politics in the Post-Soviet Space,” constituting an examination of the international and transnational politics of the post-Soviet space in historical perspective. Areas to be explored under this theme include history, identity issues, security, political economy, and regime building in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries of the region. Other topics of interest include social and cultural factors such as migration, public health, religion, organized crime, environmental degradation, popular culture, and the mass media.

In addition to pursuing their own research, Fellows will participate in a bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that will explore the theme. Papers will be presented by the visiting Fellows, Harvard faculty, and invited outside speakers.

Types of Awards

The Center offers three types of fellowships: Postdoctoral, Senior, and Regional. The maximum stipend amounts for these awards are detailed below. Scholars with outside or sabbatical funding who wish to be in residence at the Davis Center in 2012–2013 should apply using the fellowships application and indicate that they do not require Davis Center funding. If selected, they will join the Center as Postdoctoral, Senior, or Regional Fellows.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • For junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2012, but no earlier than September 2007 (less than five years).
  • Stipend of up to $38,000.
  • Citizens of all countries may apply.

Senior Fellowships

  • For senior scholars who have already made a significant contribution to the field.
  • Applicants will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent prior to September 2007 and hold a full-time academic appointment.
  • Stipend of up to $26,000 to bring salary to full-time level. In certain situations, if the stipend and the applicant’s sabbatical pay are insufficient to cover necessary costs, the Davis Center may be able to provide additional funds.
  • Citizens of all countries may apply.

Regional Fellowships

  • For advanced scholars, policymakers, journalists, and other specialists.
  • Stipend of up to $46,000.
  • Citizens of Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus may apply.

Scholars may apply to be in residence for one full academic year or a minimum of one semester.


Fellows funded by the Davis Center receive a living stipend, shared office space, research assistant support, and borrowing privileges at the Harvard libraries. Stipends assume a 9-month stay from September through May and are pro-rated for shorter stays. If fellows take a research or personal trip lasting more than three weeks during their tenure, their stipend will be prorated for that period.

Fellows with outside funding receive borrowing privileges at the Harvard libraries, research assistant support, and in some cases, shared office space.

All fellows are required to be in residence at the Davis Center and to participate actively in the bi-weekly seminar. Fellows may be asked to participate in a limited number of events sponsored by the Outreach Program of the Davis Center, which provides information about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia to K-12 classrooms and the general public.


You can apply by filling the online application form.

If you have any questions you can consult the FAQ‘s. If you need further information, contact the Fellows Program at [email protected], tel. 617.495.0466.

Deadline for submissions is 9 January 2012.

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