The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University invites applications for the Harvard Academy Scholars Program for outstanding Early Career Scholars in Social Sciences or Law in the USA for the 2021/22 academic year.

The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in cultures or regions outside of the US or Canada shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions.

Worth of Award

  • Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $70,000. If selected before earning the PhD, the Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $35,000 until awarded the PhD.
  • This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.


  • The competition for these awards is open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates in the social sciences or law.
  • Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars.
  • If you have completed a PhD program, the PhD completion date must be within three years of the October 1 application deadline.
  • For applicants applying for the October 1, 2021 deadline, you must have completed your PhD or equivalent after September 30, 2018.

How to Apply

The completed application for the Harvard Academy Scholars Program will include:



  • cover letter that succinctly states the applicant’s academic field, country or region of specialization, and proposed research topic.
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé; including a list of publications.
  • research proposal (2500 word maximum); including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work.
  • copy of your PhD program transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded through the online application).

Deadline: The deadline is October 1, 2021.


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