Harvard Academy Scholars Program 2025/2026 [stipend of $80,000]

The Harvard Academy Scholars Program 2025/2026 is now open for applications. The academy scholars stand are offered a full sponsorship and an annual stipend of $80,000 including other benefits of a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University and partner institutions in the United States.

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences with a command of the language and history or culture of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada.


  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Harvard University
  • Scholarship Type: Postgraduate Fellowships
  • Host Institution(s): The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
  • Scholarship Worth:  Up to $80,000 annual stipend + other benefits
  • Study Level:  PhD and Postdocs
  • Number of Awards:  4 to 6 per year
  • Nationality: Any nationality

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Harvard Academy Scholars Program 2025 | Eligibility Criteria

  • These awards are open to recipients of PhD or comparable doctoral degrees (within two years of the August 1, 2024, start date) and advanced doctoral candidates in the social sciences.
  • Scholars nearing dissertation completion must be able to submit degree conferral documentation issued by their university registrar’s office by June 30, 2025, for an August 1, 2025, start date.
  • Individuals who hold or have completed another Harvard postdoctoral fellowship are not eligible to apply.

Program Benefits

  • Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $80,000.
  • The stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage.

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Application Procedures

  • How to Apply: All parts of the application, including the three letters of recommendation, are submitted online as pdf documents. Access the online application through the homepage of The Harvard Academy’s website by clicking on the APPLY ONLINE button.
  • All application materials need to be submitted by the deadline (see below), late applications will not be accepted.
  • The completed application will include:
    • Curriculum vitae (CV); including list of publications
    • Research proposal (2000 words maximum); including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work
    • One scholarly writing sample (e.g., PhD dissertation chapter or single-authored peer-reviewed academic journal article; fifty pages maximum; in English)
    • A copy of your PhD program transcript
    • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded to the online application directly and confidentially by the recommender by September 20, 2024)

Application Deadline: September 20, 2024

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