How to Apply

The application period for 2016–2017 fellowships runs from October 1, 2015–January 7, 2016. The Fellows Program Committee is interested in applications from scholars currently working on the  2016–2017 theme, "Ideas, Ideologies, and Power: Eurasia Past and Present," 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.)


The 2016-2017 Davis Center Fellows Program will be coordinated by Professors Rawi Abdelal (Business School) and Justin Weir (Slavic Languages and Literatures). The theme of the program is "Ideas, Ideologies, and Power: Eurasia Past and Present." The Davis Center encourages prospective fellows to interpret the theme broadly and welcomes all applications. We are particularly interested in discovering and cultivating the connections among the scholarly literatures in the humanities and social sciences that explore Russia, the Soviet and post-Soviet space, and other nations and regional orders. We hope to trace the ideational and ideological lineage of contemporary debates about the character of the post-Soviet region—sometimes called Eurasia. Recognizing that Eurasia is a term freighted with meaning, we are interested in how the past informs present practice, as well as how contemporary events invite a re-narrating of the past.

Scholars working on the influence and mobility of ideas, the construction and evolution of ideologies, and the inter-connections among different forms of power would be welcome members of the year’s intellectual community. Questions of culture, language, literature, art, political economy, and geopolitics will inform our exploration. 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.

Types of Fellowships

The Center awards two types of fellowships: Postdoctoral and Regional. The terms and maximum stipend amounts for these awards are detailed below. Scholars with outside or sabbatical funding who wish to be in residence at the Davis Center in 2016–2017 should apply using the Visiting Scholar application.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • For junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2016, but no earlier than September 2011 (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.
  • Up to $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.

Regional Fellowships

  • For advanced scholars who have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2009 or policymakers, journalists, and other specialists.
  • Stipend of up to $47,000.
  • Scholars may apply to be in residence for one full academic year (9 months) or one semester (4.5 months).
  • Medical insurance subsidized.
  • Shared office space and borrowing privileges at Harvard libraries provided.
  • Citizens of Eastern Europe and states of the former Soviet Union 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 7, 2016, and should 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 7, 2016. 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.

We will contact you in early January if we are still waiting for any of your three letters of recommendation to arrive. Decisions will be announced in March 2016.


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