Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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STS Fellows Program

The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard hosts a small number of Fellows and Visitors each year (see information on current and past Fellows).

Non-stipendiary Fellows

The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard Kennedy School welcomes applications to its non-stipendiary pre- and postdoctoral fellowship program for AY 2015-2016. Predoctoral fellowships are most appropriate for Ph.D. students in STS or related fields who have completed their qualifying exams and have embarked on dissertation research and writing. Postdoctoral fellowships are most appropriate for recent Ph.D.’s pursuing research that would benefit from systematic exposure to STS theories and methods.

The Program offers a unique collegial environment in which fellows become an integral part of the Cambridge-based STS community. Fellows meet weekly as a group to discuss each other’s research, attend weekly STS Circle seminars, have the opportunity to audit Harvard graduate courses, and participate in the Program’s major events. Each year’s cohort includes students from varied backgrounds, cultures, and countries. We have hosted students from the US, Canada, South Korea, and several European countries (e.g., France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom).

Non-stipendiary fellows are expected to participate in the Program for one academic year (September-May), but shorter stays of at least one semester (about three months) are also possible with appropriate justification. Fellows may stay for a maximum of two years with appropriate external support.

Applicants for non-stipendiary fellowships should contact the STS Program Administrator, Shana Rabinowich, at shana_rabinowich@hks.harvard.edu, with the following information no later than January 31, 2015:

  • description of research interests, reasons for seeking affiliation with the STS Program, proposed dates for visit, and possible funding sources to support your stay;
  • supporting letter from an academic adviser evaluating the applicant’s performance and standing;
  • brief curriculum vitae.

Stipendiary Fellows

The STS Program does not normally provide stipends for Fellows except through funded research projects within the Program. However, prospective stipendiary Fellows may seek support from other Harvard programs that fund study in areas of interest to the STS Program. For information on such opportunities, see for example:

Short-Term Visitors

The STS Program will host short-term visits of up to 4-6 weeks duration by scholars with research interests compatible with the mission of the Program. Such visitors come with their own sources of support; they are not formally designated as STS Fellows but may have limited access to Program facilities. They will be expected to present their own work as well as to interact with Program staff and Fellows during their visit. Short-term visits are arranged on an ad hoc basis to suit the needs of individual applicants. Prospective visitors are advised to contact the Program Director in timely fashion to ascertain whether their visits can be accommodated by the Program.