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Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program - Humanities, Social Sciences, and Creative Arts

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Scholars and
Practitioners to Develop New Research, Publications, and Art

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Harvard University - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Deadline Date:

09/12/19 11:59 PM EST


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Fellowships of $77,500 to USA, Canada, and International scholars and practitioners to support creative new projects in the fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. Fellows will be based in Greater Boston during their fellowship and will be required to regularly share their work in progress. Applications are welcome from a broad range of fields.

Based in Radcliffe Yard, a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University, fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate past and present.

Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.

The following areas, while not exclusive, are of special interest:

- Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. Applications are welcomed from scholars and practitioners who connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and who seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia.

- Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history, each year some projects focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections. In 2020–2021, one fellow will be designated a Mellon-Schlesinger fellow, as part of the project commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

The Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160726

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Single-semester fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

Radcliffe Fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care support is made available as needed. If fellows would like to hire Harvard undergraduate students as Research Partners, their hourly wages will be covered.

Term of Contract:

The fellowship runs from September 2020 – May 2021. Only under extraordinary circumstances are fellows permitted to come for only one semester.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants from throughout the world are encouraged to apply. Harvard University typically sponsors J-1 scholar visas for Radcliffe Fellows. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project.

Applicants in the humanities and social sciences must:
- Have received their doctorate (or appropriate terminal degree) in the area of their proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2018 for the 2020-21 fellowship year)
- Have published a monograph or at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections

Individuals who are in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission are ineligible to apply. Former Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply. Former Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.

Creative Artists Applicants need not have a PhD or an MFA to apply; however, they must meet the following discipline-specific eligibility requirements:

Film and Video: Applicants in this discipline must have a body of independent work of significant achievement. Such work will typically have been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television.

Visual Arts: Applicants in this discipline must show strong evidence of achievement, with a record of at least five years of work as a professional artist, including participation in several curated group shows and at least two professional solo exhibitions.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Applicants in these disciplines must have one of the following:
- One or more published books;
- A contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript; or
- At least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published

Poetry: Applicants in this discipline must have had published at least 20 poems in the last five years or published a book of poetry, and must be in the process of completing a manuscript.

Journalism: Applicants in this discipline are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.

Playwriting: Applicants in this discipline must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.

Music Composition: It is desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a PhD or DMA. Most importantly, the applicant must show strong evidence of achievement as a professional artist, with a record of recent performances.

Performing Arts—Dance, Music Performance, Theater Performance: Although Radcliffe occasionally invites applications from selected performing artists, it does not accept performing arts applications through the general application process.

Individuals who are in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission are ineligible to apply, unless the dissertation has been accepted and degree is forthcoming.

Former Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.

Radcliffe welcomes applications from mid-career practitioners who have held senior leadership positions in non-profits, government, or the private sector. Many mid-career practitioners propose to write a book or series of articles during their year; others plan for the launch of their next venture.

Practitioners should have at least ten years of relevant professional experience and be acknowledged as leaders in their fields. Proposals from practitioners are evaluated based on their professional experience, project feasibility, collegiality, and suitability for the Radcliffe community.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is September 12, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process in March 2020.

Applicants who have applied in the past must submit a new application.

Eligibility Guidelines and Application Materials:
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How to Apply:
Project commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment:
Schlesinger Library:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program
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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.