Harvard University PhD Research Fellowships

Deadline: 8 January 2013
Open to: PhD holders from any country, with special fellowships for advanced scholars, policymakers, journalists, and other specialists from Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
Fellowship: stipends of up to $46,000


The Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies brings together scholars at early and later stages in their careers to consider a common theme spanning the social sciences and humanities. Professors Terry Martin (History) and Stephanie Sandler (Slavic Languages and Literatures) will coordinate the 2013–2014 program.

The Davis Center is interested in applications from scholars currently working on their chosen theme, or equally those working on unrelated themes, but who are interested in exploring their 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 2013-2014 is “Subjectivities and Identities in Eurasia.” Imagining a personal, ethnic, religious, sexual, or national identity may be no simple matter in any culture, but for the people of Russia and Eurasia this always has been a fraught process. The very question of subjectivity has been self-consciously scrutinized and as readily rejected as embraced. The Fellows Program will examine a range of theoretical approaches and case studies, with an eye to gaining a greater understanding of where the work of constructing identity happens (in domestic, public, textual and virtual spaces) and what factors constrain, promote, and shape that work.

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


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 2013–2014 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 2013, but no earlier than September 2008 (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 2008 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, 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 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 fellows 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.


All materials must be submitted in English by 8 January 2013. See the application instructions HERE.

Part I includes completed an online application form AVAILABLE HERE, including your contact information, degree information, current position, financial information, proposed research project and tenure, language proficiency and research interests, and affiliation and contact information for three references.

Upon successful completion of Part I, you will be prompted to submit the following materials to the Davis Center:

  • Project Proposal. A single-spaced document of approximately 2,500 words in length. Explain the significance of your proposed research, when you expect to complete it, how it will differ from other studies on the same topic, what materials are available for it, where they are located, and any other information you consider relevant. If your research relates to the theme “Subjectivities and Identities in Eurasia,” please be sure to explicitly describe the contribution your research is expected to make to the general study of this theme. Explain why the Davis Center would be a suitable place for your work. Please include your full name in the header or footer of your proposal.
  • Brief Curriculum Vitae. Include academic background, employment history, and major publications. List the institution(s) in which you have studied or worked, institution location(s), field(s) of study, degree(s), and dates of employment or study.

The Davis Center will contact you to confirm receipt of your application within 10 business days. Please contact them at 617.495.0466 or at [email protected] if you have not heard from them after two weeks. In early January, the Davis Center will contact you to confirm whether your three letters of recommendation have been received. Decisions will be announced in March 2013.

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

The original website is AVAILABLE HERE.

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