Harvard Fellowships in Sustainability Science

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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 (September-May ), 12 months (September -August ), the full semester (September-December ), the spring semester (February-May ), or for two academic years (post-doctoral fellows only) (September -August of the second year).

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.

Host Institution(s):

Center for International Development at Harvard University, USA

Fields of study:

Natural and social sciences as well as relevant professions.

Number of Awards:

Each year, the Sustainability Science Program recruits approximately 15-20 fellows to work with one another and with Harvard faculty.

Target group:

Doctoral and post-doctoral students and mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice that advances the goals of the Sustainable Science Program.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

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 depending on their citizenship, current salary, current employment location, seniority, and other sources of support.

Fellows may also obtain funding from their own academic institutions, outside foundations, and personal resources.

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 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 (see above).
  • Prospective fellows should have a focused personal research or writing objective that is consistent with those goals.
  • 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 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.

    Decisions will be announced by February of each year.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    For More Information and Application, Please Visit; Harvard Fellowships in Sustainability Science Website

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