Environmental Fellows Program by Harvard University Center for the Environment

Environmental Fellows Program by Harvard University Center for the Environment

Conducted By : Harvard University Center for the Environment
January 13 2018   Fellowship   Post Graduate   Global
 About Environmental Fellows Program by Harvard University Center for the Environment
  • The Environmental Fellows Program is a two years full-time program conducted on a yearly basis by Harvard University which prepares students to deal with day to day complexities of the environment. It is open to postgraduate students from all across the world.
  • The selected candidates will join a group of remarkable scholars who will be beginning the second year of their fellowships.
  • Together, these Environmental Fellows at Harvard will form a community of researchers with diverse backgrounds united by intellectual curiosity, top-quality scholarship, and a drive to understand some of the most important environmental challenges facing society.
  • Duration: The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department
  • For the 2018 session, The Harvard University Center for the Environment expects to award approximately six fellowships.

Who can Apply for this Program?


  • Candidates must have received their terminal (PG) degree between May 2014 and August 2018.
  • Candidates who received terminal degrees from Harvard, and post-docs currently working at Harvard are eligible for the fellowship
  • Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are also eligible
  • Candidates without a Ph.D. are also eligible provided they have studied in fields where Ph.D. is not the typical terminal degree.
  • Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply
  • Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships
  • To study at Harvard one requires fluency in English

Kindly Note: Harvard candidates should not propose to continue to work with the same professors or lab groups with whom they are currently associated

 Reward Description

Environmental Fellows Program Reward:

  • Duration: The selected fellows should be prepared to commit to work at Harvard for the full two years of the fellowship and will have to be required to take residency in Cambridge area.
  • Salary: The fellows will receive a salary of $62,000 per year as well as the benefits of employee health insurance.
  • Travel Allowance: $2,500 
  • Professional Expense Allowance: $2,500 

The fellows are required to 

  •  Schedule their fieldwork (if any) for the summer or January recess.
  •  Attend biweekly dinners with their colleagues, faculty members, and guests.
 Application Process

Environmental Fellows Program Application Process:

  • Look for a Host: Potential candidates should start early to identify and establish a relationship with a Harvard faculty member to host his or her research. The host will be a mentor to the fellow and will provide office space and basic administrative support
    • Any faculty member from any discipline may serve as a host, regardless of whether the host has had prior experience with environmental research or the Center.
    • The faculty members who are already hosting the previous fellows cannot be taken as host for this year.
  • Apply Online: Candidates have to fill the Application Form Online available at the official website of Harvard University Centre for the Environment under Programs column.  Applications for 2018 are due by January 13, 2018.

The candidates who cannot find a host for themselves will not be able to complete the Application for the given programme.

Enclosures to be attached with the Application form

  • Curriculum vitae including the list of publications.
  • Detailed research proposal, maximum of five pages, references counted separately
  • Three publications/writing samples.
  • Three letters of reference, including one from the applicant's dissertation adviser.
  • A letter of support is also required from the applicant's host committing to serve as a mentor and explaining the commitment to the proposed research.
    • The referees and hosts of the candidates have to email letters of reference as PDFs or, if necessary, as Word documents attached to the emails at environmental fellows@harvard.edu.
 Selection Process

Environmental Fellows Program Selection Process:

  • The Center will select a group of fellows and alternates by March 2018 as per the below-mentioned points and contact the candidates with results at that time.
  • Applicant's prior academic and professional success
  • Project significance
  • Diversity -  The selection committee will select a group of fellows in 2016 who will complement those selected the previous year, creating a group of approximately 13 men and women with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds and a diverse set of academic interests and skills.
  • Interdisciplinary research projects
  • Host's commitment

The selected candidates have to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to serve as a mentor and to provide office or lab space for the two-year fellowship.

 Contact Details

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

  • Address: 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
  • Phone: (617) 495-0368