Each of the more than 800 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.

Individual Applicants for the 2017‒2018 Fellowship Year

Our online application for the 2017–2018 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is September 15, 2016.

For applications in the natural sciences and mathematics, the deadline is October 6, 2016.

Cluster Applicants for the 2017‒2018 Fellowship Year

The deadline to apply as a cluster has passed.

In June, the cluster convener will be notified on the status of their proposal.

For questions regarding the application process you can contact us by email or phone at fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu or 617-496-1324.

Selection Process

Former fellows of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program (2000 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 email of the results of the selection process in March.

Terms and Conditions

Stipends are funded up to $75,000 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 if the institution is US based.

We work 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 2017 through May 31, 2018. 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 $37,500. 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.