Awards & Honors: Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship program at Harvard is now accepting individual applications for the 2018–2019 fellowship year.

Fellows focus on individual projects while benefiting from a dynamic, multidisciplinary community at Harvard University. Fellows — women and men — are at the forefront of the arts, journalism, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

UGA’s Barbara McCaskill was granted a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship for Literature in 2004-05.

This fellowship is considered Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC).


Deadlines

  • September 15, 2017 – For individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • October 5, 2017 – For applications in the natural sciences and mathematics.
  • May 15, 2018 – For fellowship cluster applications.

Award Details

  • Each of the more than 850 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them. Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more.
  • Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged, and there are a few areas of special interest:
    • Applications related to the theme of citizenship – local, national, and global – which is a two-year initiative across the programs of the Radcliffe Institute
    • Applications that involve the study of women, gender, and society, which is a commitment rooted in Radcliffe’s unique history
    • Applications that draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is part of the Radcliffe Institute and one of the foremost archives on women’s history
  • The Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.
  • Clusters are made up of two or three individuals. As a fellowship cluster you would spend the year pursuing your cluster’s research interests or project. The Institute encourages the inclusion of junior faculty.

Award Amount

  • Stipends are funded up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution. Please note that they can only pay stipends to US-based home institutions. The Radcliffe stipend should be allocated entirely for salary and fringe benefits while the faculty member is in residence as a fellow at Radcliffe. The Institute does not allow overhead to be charged on these payments.
  • Radcliffe works with fellows who have families to help with relocation issues for a smooth transition.
  • Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2018 through May 31, 2019. Visual, film, and video artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $38,750. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so that they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, the Institute expects fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute to participate fully in the life of the community.
  • The Institute has supported the work of 50 fellows annually in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Eligibility

  • Former fellows of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program (2000 to present) are not eligible to apply.
  • Individual Humanists and Social Scientists: Scholars in any field with a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree at least two years prior to appointment (by December 2016) in the area of the proposed project are eligible to apply. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections or a monograph are eligible to apply. Applicants in humanities and social sciences cannot be students in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission unless the dissertation has been accepted by advisors.
  • Individual Creative Artists: Artists and writers need not have a Ph.D. or an M.F.A. to apply; however, they must meet other specific eligibility requirements, listed below. Applicants in creative arts cannot be students in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission unless the dissertation has been accepted by advisors.
  • Creative Writers
    • Fiction and Nonfiction: To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work.
    • Poetry: To be considered for a fellowship in poetry, applicants must have had at least 20 poems published in the last five years or a published book of poetry and must be in the process of completing a manuscript.
  • Journalists: Applicants in this genre are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.
  • Playwrights/Screenwriters: Applicants in this genre must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, a play or screenplay produced or under option.
  • Film and Video Artists: Applicants in the areas of film and video must have a body of independent work of significant achievement. Such work will typically have been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television or radio.
  • Musicians
    • Composers: It is highly desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a Ph.D. or D.M.A.
    • Theater Performers: Applicants must have a significant body of work characterized by originality, reach, and mastery of technique. Reviewers expect that the artist has worked in at least two professional theaters or venues.
  • Visual Artists: To be considered for a fellowship in the visual arts, applicants must show strong evidence of achievement, with a record of at least five years of work as a professional artist, including participation in several curated group shows and at least two professional solo exhibitions.
  • Individual Natural Scientists and Mathematicians: Scholars in any field with a doctorate in the area of the proposed project by December 2016 are eligible to apply. This is not intended to serve as a postdoctoral fellowship. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in journals are eligible to apply. Applicants may not be students in a degree program at the time of application submission.
  • Groups of Humanists and Social Scientists: All members of a group applying in the Humanities and Social Sciences must have earned their doctorate by December 2016. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in journals or edited collections or one refereed journal are eligible to apply.
  • Groups of Creative Artists: All members of a group applying in the Creative Arts must meet the individual eligibility requirements, listed above, specific to their field.
  • Groups of Natural Scientists and Mathematicians: All members of a group applying in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics must have received their doctorate by December 2016. This is not intended to serve as a postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants cannot be students in a degree program at the time of application submission.

How to Apply

The online application for the 2018–2019 fellowship year is now available.

Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged, and there are a few areas of special interest:

The Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.

Questions?

For questions or more information, contact the Radcliffe Institute at fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu or (617) 496-1324.