Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholar Program offers comprehensive research, training and professional development opportunities for both junior and senior scholars whose research relates to Russia and/or 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; 
    • Eurasia includes the following regions: the Baltics, Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
  • 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." 

As of April 1, 2024 we are at capacity for AY 2024-2025. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2025 and beyond.  

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

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

Stay tuned to learn more about our incoming 2024-2025 visiting scholarsfellows, senior fellows, and postdocs.

Related Insights

While Russian-speakers in Latvia are no monolith, recent polling on culpability for the war suggests splits in views along ethnolinguistic lines, writes our visiting scholar Māris Andžāns.

Davis Center postdoc Alex Averbuch has compiled a unique collection of photographs and letters sent home by so-called Ostarbeiters, or "eastern workers." Here, he discusses the conscripts’ creative ways of defying totalitarian control in communicating with loved ones.

Last summer Latvia reinstated a military draft in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Our visiting scholar Māris Andžāns says the experiment has gone smoothly so far but may get trickier as the number of conscripts grows.

Related Events

Past Event

Two nights of performance draw on censored Soviet-era texts by iconic singer-songwriters Okudzhava and Vysotsky to explore intergenerational trauma in refugee experience and illuminate the sublime social power of poetic practices.

Past Event

Six scholars currently based at the Davis Center will present their research, ranging from Eurasian history to the Middle Corridor to visual art.

Past Event

Visiting scholar Irina Busygina will present key arguments from her latest book, considering Russian regions’ role in the war against Ukraine and in the resilience of Moscow’s authoritarian system.