How to Apply

Revolutions in Eurasia visual

The application period for 2017–2018 fellowships runs from October 14, 2016–January 10, 2017. The Fellows Program Committee is interested in applications from scholars currently working on the  2017–2018 theme, "Revolution(s) in Eurasia," or equally, those working on unrelated themes, but who are interested in exploring the 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.)


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world historical importance of the Russian revolution has faded from scholarly and public consciousness. Yet this seminal event of the twentieth century had, and arguably continues to have, a deep and enduring effect on a variety of global and national histories through its contending narrative understandings, social representations, and political appropriations.

In synchronicity with the centennial of this revolution, the theme for the 2017–2018 Fellows Program is “Revolution(s) in Eurasia.” The Davis Center encourages prospective fellows to interpret the theme broadly and welcomes all applications.

We are particularly interested in focusing attention on the global dimensions of the Russian revolution, provoking an examination of the revolution’s broad historical effects, both directly and indirectly. Beyond 1917 and the Russian Empire, we hope to trace the broader implications of the revolution experience in this region on politics and ideology, notions of women and gender, rationalism and religiosity, and perhaps empire itself. The implications for understanding various contemporary revolutionary ideas and movements around the world will also be explored.

Any scholar whose research touches on the work of the Davis Center community is welcome to apply for to the Fellows Program. We invite applicants to consider some of the ways in which their work speaks to these thematic elements.

In October 2017, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and the European University at St. Petersburg will host a two day symposium on the global dimensions and historical effects of the Russian revolution. Fellows will be encouraged to attend.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Center will award Postdoctoral Fellowships within the framework of the 2017–2018 Fellows Program. Scholars with outside or sabbatical funding who wish to be in residence at the Davis Center in 2017–2018 should apply using the Visiting Scholar application.

Eligibility and Terms

  • For junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2017, but no earlier than September 2012 (less than five years ago).
  • Stipend of up to $40,000 for 9 months or $53,333 for 12 months.
  • Scholars may apply to be in residence for 9 months or 12 months.
  • $5,000 in additional research funding.
  • Eligible for employee benefits (including subsidized health insurance).
  • Shared office space and borrowing privileges at Harvard libraries provided.
  • Citizens of all countries may apply.

Application Instructions

Please read through the following information carefully before beginning the application. The application form must be completed in one session; there is no option to save and return to it later. All materials must be submitted in English.

Complete the web-based application form, which includes:

  • Basic biographical information
  • Proposed research project and tenure
  • Affiliation and contact information for three referees

Upload the following materials:

Project Proposal: 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 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. This document should be single-spaced and approximately 2,500 words in length. 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 institutions in which you have studied or worked, institution locations, field(s) of study, degrees, and dates of employment or study. Please do NOT include any sensitive personal data on your CV, such as social security number, passport number, or date of birth. Due to our security protocols this information must be redacted.

Please do not submit additional materials, such as transcripts, certificates, diplomas, monographs, or publications. They will not be considered.

Letters of Recommendation
: Please arrange to have three referees evaluate your work and proposal. Letters submitted through the fellowship applicant should be enclosed in an envelope and signed across the seal by the referee. Referees may also mail their letters directly to the Davis Center. Letters must be received by January 10, 2017, and can be mailed to:

Fellows Program
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street, Suite S301
Cambridge, MA 02138

Electronic recommendations will be accepted if sent from a portfolio service like Interfolio or an official institutional address. Electronic recommendations should be sent to Letters from email services like Yahoo!, Yandex, and Gmail will not be accepted.

Confirmation and Decisions

The application deadline is January 10, 2017. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received at the Davis Center by this date.

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. Please contact us at 617.495.0466 or if you do not receive this confirmation email.

Decisions will be announced in March 2017.


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