Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowships provide opportunities for talented, early-career scholars to spend a dedicated period of time pursuing their research with access to Harvard's world-renowned resources.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship program invests in future leaders in academia—political scientists, anthropologists, historians, and humanists, among others—who generate big ideas that spark new conversations and deep insights about the region. 

Postdoctoral Fellows are selected on a highly competitive basis and serve a full-time, 9-month term in residence. During that period, we aim to give fellows an intellectual home where they have the time, space, and resources to pursue their research; a community where they can learn from one another; opportunities to engage with others at Harvard; and chances to contribute to the longer-term agenda of the Davis Center. 

During the fellowship, many postdoctoral fellows turn their manuscript into a book, present their research to the Davis Center community, and interact with colleagues at the Davis Center and academic departments at Harvard. As a fellow, you will encounter rich experiences and meaningful connections that will endure well beyond the fellowship year. Past postdoctoral fellows report that full access to Harvard Library and the Davis Center Collection at Fung Library is invaluable to their research. 

Eligibility & Benefits

  • For junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2021, but no earlier than September 2016
  • 9 month, in-residence fellowship (September 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022)
  • Stipend of up to $45,000 
  • $2,000 in additional research funding
  • Eligible for employee benefits, including subsidized health insurance
  • Citizens of all countries may apply

If you do not currently meet the eligibility requirements, consider applying for affiliation via the Visiting Scholars program or Center Associates program

How to Apply

In 2021–2022, the Davis Center will award two postdoctoral fellowships: one in history and one in literature and culture. 

Please read these application instructions carefully before starting an application. 

The application deadline is January 11, 2021.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Learn more about the current academic year's postdoctoral fellows and their research. 


The Davis Center community was fantastic. I am especially grateful to the graduate students and junior researchers who were there at the same time as me. It felt like a real community where we supported each other and helped each other with research questions, professional tips, etc. The Center's fellows gave incredibly helpful feedback when I gave my first mock job talks in the seminar. I co-organized a conference during my postdoc and the Davis Center staff went above and beyond in advising and offering administrative support. Also the Davis Center offices are beautiful and very conducive to working!

Ania Aizman

Postdoctoral Fellow in Literature and Culture, 2017–2018