Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.


THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING HAS PASSED. Applicants will be notified of the results in March 2020. If you receive an offer of another fellowship before hearing from us, please contact us at fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu before accepting.

For information on applying during the next cycle, check back on this page in May 2020.


The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. We seek diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although our fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

“During my year at Radcliffe, I have most enjoyed the rich and generous interaction with other fellows, the opportunity to engage with the wider Harvard community, and the space away from my professional responsibilities to reflect on the past few years. My book could not have been conceived without the space the fellowship created.”
—Hernan del Valle, 2018–2019 Rita E. Hauser Fellow

Explore the broad range of Radcliffe fellows’ projects. The following areas—while not exclusive—are of special interest:

  • Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars and practitioners who connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or who seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia.
  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history, each year some projects focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections. In 2020–2021, one fellow will be designated a Mellon-Schlesinger fellow, as part of the project commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

We welcome applications from a broad range of fields.