Fellowship Program

Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) invites applications for post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellowships, under the direct supervision of Harvard faculty. The program is loosely modeled on the successful Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) fellowship program. 

We expect to award fellowships before the fall of 2017.

Eligibility: Early-career scientists within three years of earning their doctorate (for post-doctoral fellowships) or those admitted to or pursuing a Ph.D. (for pre-doctoral fellowships). Fellowships are open to current graduate students or fellows. 

Criteria: Quality of fellowship candidate, originality of proposed research, relevance of research to advancing understanding and critical analysis solar geoengineering. 

Process: During the start-up phase of SGRP, applications will be accepted at any time. We also encourage inquiries and expressions of interest by faculty as described below.

We anticipate reviewing a first round of fellowships and expressions of interest on June 1, 2017.

Application by fellows: Please send your application to Lizzie Burns at eburns [at] g.harvard.edu, including:

  • a brief research proposal (1-2 pages) that includes key question(s), scope, method(s), and timeline;
  • CV and a 1 page cover letter describing your motivation for applying to this particular program, and your experience working in solar geoengineering (if any);
  • the name of at least one Harvard faculty member with whom you would like to collaborate;
  • your desired start date and duration of the fellowship.

We strongly encourage you to communicate with your potential Harvard faculty sponsor before applying. Fellowship awards will be for one to two years with possibility of renewal. Graduate fellowships may, in some cases, have longer initial durations.

Expression of interest by Faculty: Faculty who are interested in hosting a postdoctoral fellow or recruiting a graduate student are encouraged to write a brief (e.g. 200 - 500 words) letter of interest to SGRP’s Advisory Committee. This letter should include a description of (i) the proposed area of research, and (ii) the ideal skills that a student or fellow supporting this research would have. When a strong applicant applicant fits the skill-set and interest sought by the faculty member and the committee, we will work to facilitate rapid review decisions.