Visiting Scholars Program

The visitors program offers research, training, and professional development opportunities for junior and senior scholars whose research relates to Eurasia.

Eligibility & Benefits

  • Both junior and senior scholars are encouraged to apply;
  • Citizens of all countries are eligible;
  • Research proposals must focus on topics related to Eurasia; 
  • Scholars must secure external funding;
    • Commonly, scholars receive support from their home institutions or through external grant sources such as Fulbright or Marie Curie;
  • Borrowing privileges at Harvard libraries;
  • Special invitations to visitors-only events and other opportunities;
  • In some cases, visitors may receive shared office space at the Davis Center.

Note that this position is unpaid and not eligible for Harvard employee benefits. 

If you are an early-career scholar and seek a funded position, please consider applying to our Postdoctoral Fellowships. If you are a Georgian scholar and seek a funded position, please consider applying for grants offered through the Program on Georgian Studies

How to Apply

If you are a faculty member on leave from another institution or have already received your Ph.D., your affiliation would be "visiting scholar." If you are a Ph.D. candidate or do not yet have a Ph.D., your affiliation would be "fellow." 

You can apply to become a visiting scholar or fellow here. 

Available Visit Durations & Times

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis to one or more of the following terms:

  • Fall term (September through December)
  • Spring term (January through May)
  • Both Fall and Spring terms

We are at maximum capacity for the 2023-2024 academic year. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2024 and beyond. Please apply early because the positions fill up quickly. 

Letters of Support for External Funding

If you are seeking a letter of support to secure external funding (e.g., Fulbright, Bolashak, Marie Curie), please allow a minimum of six weeks from the time you submit your initial application to the Davis Center. 

Current Visitors

Learn more about our current visiting scholarsfellows, senior fellows, and postdocs.

Related Insights

Data from 30 years of U.N. votes show significantly more alignment with Sino-Russian policy positions than with those held by the U.S., writes Davis Center summer visiting scholar Dmitriy Nurullayev.

We’re delighted to welcome scholars from around the world to our campus community. Meet the individuals who will be joining the Davis Center this academic year.

After the Soviet collapse, Russia underwent not a democratic transition but a temporary weakening of the state, making re-autocratization inevitable, writes former Davis Center fellow Maria Snegovaya.

Related Events

Upcoming Event

Join us for an information and Q&A session about applying for postdoctoral fellowships at the Davis Center.

Past Event

Six scholars currently based at the Davis Center will present a broad range of research, from Georgian history, European migration, and Kazakh elites to feminism and informal governance in Russia.

Past Event

A poetry reading by Alex Averbuch, postdoctoral fellow at the Davis Center and 2024 HURI research fellow at Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute, moderated by Oleh Kotsyuba.