Become a Radcliffe Fellow
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.
—2022–2023 Radcliffe fellow
The deadline to apply has passed. Applicants will be notified of the results in March 2024. If you receive an offer of another fellowship before hearing from us, please contact us at HarvardRadcliffeFellowship@radcliffe.harvard.edu before accepting.
Please check back in Spring 2024 for 2025–2026 fellowship application information. If you would like to be notified when the application for the 2025–2026 fellowship year goes live, please leave us your e-mail here.
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 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.
We welcome applications from a broad range of fields and perspectives. The strength of our fellowship program is its diversity.
—2018–2019 Radcliffe fellow
Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars and artists proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeking to engage audiences beyond academia.
We welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include:
- Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, we welcome proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections.
- Climate change and its human impacts, especially projects that address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on marginalized or under-resourced communities
- Legacies of slavery
Interdisciplinary exchange is a hallmark of the Radcliffe fellowship. We welcome proposals that take advantage of our uniquely diverse intellectual community by engaging with concepts and ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.