Ernest May Fellowship in International Security History
This initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs aims to help build the next generation of men and women who will bring professional history to bear on strategic studies and major issues of international affairs.
The Ernest May Fellowships honor Ernest May, Charles Warren Professor of American History, a member of the Belfer Center's board of directors, and a faculty affiliate of the Center's International Security Program, who passed away in June 2009.
The Ernest May Fellows are housed at the Belfer Center and participate in the activities of the Center as part of the International Security Fellows group. They will have access to most Harvard University libraries and facilities. Niall Ferguson, Laurence Tisch Professor of History at Harvard and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors, serves as the point of contact and mentor for the fellows.
Preference will be given to History PhD students or post-doctoral researchers, but scholars in other fields whose research projects have a strong historical focus will receive consideration. The fellowships include ten-month stipends of either $38,000 (for post-doctoral or advanced research fellows) or $27,000 (for pre-doctoral fellows).
Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the project director. They are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence.
Terms of Fellowship
The Center's programs and projects offer a variety of both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships. Fellows are appointed for ten-month appointments from September through June, with a possibility for renewal.
Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. Pre-doctoral research fellows are expected to contribute to the Center's research activities, as well as work on — and ideally complete — their doctoral dissertations. Post-doctoral fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. All fellows are expected to be in the Cambridge area for the duration of their fellowship.
Pre-doctoral candidates must have passed their general examinations and have made significant progress on their dissertations in order to be considered. Applications for fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have acquired appropriate professional experience. The Belfer Center seeks applications from political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The Center also encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.