Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study – Harvard University Fellowship

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study - Harvard University FellowshipDeadline: 3 October 2011

Individual Applicants for the 2012–2013 Fellowship Year

Individual applications for the fellowship year 2012–2013 are available on-line. Before beginning an application, please review eligibility requirements. The deadline for applications in Humanities, Social Sciences, and is Monday, October 3, 2011 (11:59 PM EST). The deadline for applications in Natural Science and Mathematics is Tuesday, November 15, 2011 (11:59 PM EST).



Architectural Design, Architectural History

African, , , , Byzantine, Contemporary, , Late Antiquity, Latin American/Mesoamerican, Medieval, , Renaissance, Visual/Media Studies

Cultural Studies
Theory/Practice, Film/Media Studies, Theater History/Dance History

Creative Arts

Creative Writing
Fiction, Poetry, ,


Playwriting or Screenwriting

Performing Arts
Dance, Theater Performance

Composition, Performance

Film, Video, Sound, and New Media

Visual Arts

Cluster Applicants for the 20122013 Fellowship Year 

The deadline for cluster proposals has now passed. Cluster Applicants: Should you be chosen to apply as a fellowship cluster, you will receive further instructions on continuing your application in June 2011.

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. You can take a look at previous fellowship clusters here.

All members of the cluster (excluding creative artists) must have been awarded their doctorates by December 2010. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in journals or edited collections or one refereed journal are eligible to apply. Please note specific eligibility requirements here.

In order to gain consideration to apply jointly, the convener(s) of such a group should submit:

  • a letter of intent (one to three pages) describing the group’s focus and aims
  • a list of participants
  • a copy of each participant’s curriculum vitae

Please address the letter of intent to Fellowship Program Associate Dean, Judith Vichniac. The documents may be e-mailed as attachments to fellowships@radcliffe.edu. This material must be sent by Friday, May 6, 2011 for consideration for the 20122013 fellowship year.

For questions regarding the application process you can contact us by e-mail or phone.

(humanities, social sciences, and creative arts)

Selections office phone: 617-496-1324

Radcliffe Fellowship Program
8 Garden Street
Byerly Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
For additional information, please contact 617-496-1324.

Selection Process

Former fellows of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program (1999 to present) are not eligible to apply.

Each application is reviewed in a dual-tiered process by peers in relevant disciplines. Applications are judged on the quality and significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s record of achievement and promise. Applicants are notified by e-mail of the results of the selection process in March.

Terms and Conditions

Stipends are funded up to $70,000 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.

We work with fellows who have families to help with relocation issues and make 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 2012 through May 31, 2013. Visual artists and film, video, sound, and new media artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $35,000. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, we expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender, however. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. We seek to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.

Eligibility for Individual Creative ArtistsApplication Material

Please note that 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. Applicants in creative arts cannot apply in consecutive years; those applicants may apply after waiting two complete application cycles. For example, creative arts applicants who applied in the fall of 2009 must wait until the fall of 2012 to apply again; those who applied in the fall of 2010 must wait until the fall of 2013 to apply again.

Applicants whose projects draw on the resources of the Institute’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (the country’s foremost archive in women’s history) are looked on favorably, but such a focus is not a requisite for applying. In addition, because of collaboration with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, topics related to research in this area are of particular interest.

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. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

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. Reviewers examine the submissions for evidence of originality, vision, and maturity. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

Applicants in this genre are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.

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, Video, Sound and New Media Artists
Applicants in the areas of film, video, sound, and new media 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. Fellowships in film, video, sound, and new media are awarded jointly by the Institute and the Harvard Film Study Center (filmstudycenter.org), which supports practitioners of innovative nonfiction media whose work displays exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment. Reviewers focus on formal innovation, personal vision, and the impact that the work has had within its field.

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. Reviewers take into account originality, consistency, and ability to transcend the artistic medium.

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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