Fellowships in Sustainability Science

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development offers doctoral, post-doctoral, and mid-career fellowships in Sustainability Science.

The fellowships are tenable at the Center for International Development during Harvard's academic year beginning in September .

Fellowships are available for 10 months.

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Center for International Development seeks to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development.

To that end, it seek to advance scientific understanding of human-environment systems; to improve linkages between relevant research and innovation communities on the one hand, and relevant policy and management communities on the other; and, more broadly, to build capacity for linking knowledge with action to promote sustainability

The Fellowships are tenable at Harvard during the University's academic year beginning in September.


  • The Sustainability Science Fellowships are open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice that advances the goals of the program.
  • Prospective fellows should have a focused personal research or writing objective that is consistent with those goals.
  • In addition, applicants should be interested in spending some of their time as fellows in collaborations with other fellows and faculty in the program in ways that will advance the interdisciplinary, problem-driven agenda of sustainability science more broadly.
  • Applications for the mid-career fellowships are invited from individuals in governmental, non-governmental, private organizations, or academia with at least five years of professional experience doing work involved in linking science and practice for sustainable development.
  • Applications for the post-doctoral fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
  • Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. between and May.
  • Applicants for a doctoral fellowship must currently be enrolled in a doctoral program and have passed their qualifying exams (completed coursework and passed oral and/or written exams) by May.
  • Applicants whose doctoral programs do not require qualifying exams must have completed all the required coursework for the Ph.D., since fellows will not be doing course work while at Harvard.
  • Applications are solicited from individuals working in the natural and social sciences as well as relevant professions.
  • Special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply


  • The Sustainability Science Fellowship is based on a 12-month stipend of $48,000 for post-doctoral fellows, $25,000 for doctoral fellows, and a negotiated amount for mid-career fellows with the aim being to provide a half-time salary buyout to be matched by the fellow’s home institution depending on their current salary, seniority, and other sources of support.
  • Stipends will be proportionately reduced for fellows spending less time in residence with the Program.
  • Fellows will have the option of purchasing Harvard employee medical and dental benefits.
  • In the case of successful applicants with support for sabbatical or professional leave, packages can be negotiated in which Program funds complement such support.
  • Office space and supplies, personal computers, telecommunications, and access to Harvard University libraries and other facilities will be provided.
  • Expenses associated with project workshops are covered for fellowship holders by the Program.
  • Limited support for field research expenses is provided on a competitive basis as budgets allow.
  • Since the Program's funds are limited, prospective fellows are strongly urged to pursue additional sources of stipendiary and research support.
  • Applications from those with their own resources are also welcome.

    Deadline: 1st December

    For more information and application, visit: Fellowships in Sustainability Science Website
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