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:

The Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.

Individual Applicants for the 2017‒2018 Fellowship Year

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING HAS PASSED. Applicants will be notified in late February of the results. 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 as part of a group during the next application cycle, please check this page in March 2017. For information on applying as an individual during the next cycle, check this page in spring 2017.

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.