We believe that fascinating interdisciplinary insights emerge when a diverse group of individual scholars, each of whom is well trained in a single discipline, interact on topics related to a common theme or geographic region. Our goal is to foster these scholars’ development and to stimulate interdisciplinary thinking by creating opportunities for them to meet and exchange views.

For scholars, journalists, and policy makers

Our Fellows Program brings together scholars at early and later stages in their careers to consider a common theme spanning the social sciences and humanities. Awards are made annually to postdoctoral, senior, and regional fellows. Those seeking Davis Center funding, as well as visiting scholars with paid sabbatical leave or external funding, are encouraged to apply.

For Harvard faculty

Harvard faculty with a teaching or research interest in Russian or Eurasian studies are encouraged to join the Davis Center as Faculty Associates. Junior faculty pursuing research in Russian or Eurasian studies may apply for one term of full-time research leave through the John F. Cogan Junior Faculty Leave Program. Senior faculty may apply for research funds through the Abby and George O’Neill Senior Faculty Research Program. These small grants are for collaborative research projects involving more than one Harvard faculty member or a faculty member and student(s).

For Boston-area scholars

Center Associates are Boston-area scholars who form the mainstay of the Davis Center’s community of scholars. They generally hold three-year renewable terms. All are eligible for stack access at the Davis Center's library and at Widener Library.

For students

For undergraduates

Students pursuing a Secondary Field in Regional Studies—Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia receive academic advising from the Davis Center. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for Research Travel and Internship Grants for up to $5,000, and participate in the annual Undergraduate Colloquium and Photo Exhibition.

For graduate students

We offer the Merle Fainsod Prize to encourage students with a research interest in Russian or Eurasian studies to accept admission at Harvard. It is a one-time cash prize awarded over and above any financial aid offer. Departmental admissions committees nominate candidates for the prize.

The Master’s Degree in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA), based at the Davis Center, is a two-year program that offers advanced training in the history, politics, culture, society, and languages of this region.

Each year, we sponsor several graduate research travel grants of up to $4,000. Ph.D. candidates can apply for Dissertation Completion Fellowships. Graduate students from across the University who are interested in the region are encouraged to become Graduate Student Associates of the Davis Center.

Graduate students from other institutions may become affiliated with the Davis Center through the Visiting Fellow Program or the Exchange Scholar Program.

For all Harvard students

The Davis Center will be applying to the U.S. Department of Education for a grant for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program for academic year and summer tuition and stipend support. Both undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply, but applicant and program eligibility and requirements differ.