Fellowship Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 Fellowships. We will update this page when we begin inviting applications for the 2020 Fellowships.

2019 SGRP Fellows

2019 Fellowship Announcement (PDF)

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

Eligibility: Scholars 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 were open to current graduate students or fellows. We encouraged applications from scholars in a range of disciplines, including the natural sciences, economics, law, government, public policy, public health, medicine, design, and the humanities.

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

Process: SGRP’s Advisory Committee reviewed all applications and awarded fellowships based on the criteria above.

Dates: The applications were due on January 18, 2019. The fellowships will begin in the fall of 2019. Fellowship awards are for one to two years with possibility of renewal.

Application by fellows: Applications were sent to Lizzie Burns at eburns [at] g.harvard.edu, including:

  • Timeline: The candidate's desired start date and duration of the fellowship;
  • Research Proposal: A brief research proposal (1-2 pages) that includes key question(s), scope, method(s), and timeline;
  • CV and Cover Letter: CV and a 1 page cover letter describing the candidate's motivation for applying to this particular program, and experience working on solar geoengineering (if any);
  • Faculty Support: The name of at least one Harvard faculty member with whom the candidate wanted to collaborate, and a brief letter of support by the faculty member(s). This letter (suggested length one page, maximum length two pages) should have explained: (i) why the proposed research is significant to advancing knowledge in the field, (ii) why this particular candidate is well qualified to advance the proposed research, and (iii) the level of commitment that the faculty member will have to the research and the candidate. Please read more below.

Finding a faculty host:

Potential candidates were advised to start early to identify and establish a relationship with a Harvard faculty member to host his or her research. The host is a mentor to the fellow and provides office space and basic administrative support. In agreeing to be a host, the faculty member is making a significant commitment.

Some Harvard faculty members are approached by many would-be applicants.  Some conduct their own selection process to identify one or two applicants for recommendation to the selection committee.

Applicants unfamiliar with Harvard faculty members could find many potential hosts, though far from all, listed on HUCE’s web pages organized by academic areas topics.  See faculty member’s own web pages for more detailed information regarding publications and interests.  Any faculty member from any discipline may potentially serve as a host, regardless of whether the host has had prior experience with solar geoengineering research or HUCE.

Expression of interest by Faculty:

Faculty who were interested in hosting a postdoctoral fellow or recruiting a graduate student, but had not yet identified a candidate, were encouraged to email Gernot Wagner at gwagner [at] fas.harvard.edu. The email should have included a description of (i) the proposed area of research, and (ii) the ideal skills that a student or fellow supporting this research would have. Gernot worked with faculty to try to identify potential applicants who have the ideal experience and interest in the proposed area of research.