Application Guidelines

This document outlines the guidelines for applying to the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program.

Eligibility for:
- Individual Humanists and Social Scientists
- Individual Creative Artists
- Individual Natural Scientists and Mathematicians
- Group Applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Group Applicants in the Creative Arts
- Group Applicants in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics



Eligibility for Individual Humanists and Social Scientists - Supporting Material

Scholars in any field with a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree at least two years prior to appointment (by December 2013) in the area of the proposed project are eligible to apply. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections are eligible to apply.

The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic. Applicants whose projects draw on the resources of the Institute's Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (the country's foremost archive in women's history) are looked on favorably, but such a focus is not a requisite for applying.

In conjunction with ongoing programming that engages with the experiences and perspectives of indigenous peoples including Native Americans, the Radcliffe Institute is also interested in applications from scholars concerned with the history, cultures, politics, governance, and organizations of indigenous peoples in the Americas and beyond.



Eligibility for Individual Creative Artists - Application Material

Please note that artists and writers need not have a Ph.D. or an M.F.A. to apply; however, they must meet other specific eligibility requirements, listed below.

Applicants in creative arts cannot be students in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission unless the dissertation has been accepted by advisors.

The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic. Applicants whose projects draw on the resources of the Institute's Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (the country's foremost archive in women's history) are looked on favorably, but such a focus is not a requisite for applying.

In conjunction with ongoing programming that engages with the experiences and perspectives of indigenous peoples including Native Americans, the Radcliffe Institute is also interested in applications from artists concerned with the history, cultures, politics, governance, and organizations of indigenous peoples in the Americas and beyond.

Creative Writers
Fiction and Nonfiction: To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

Poetry: To be considered for a fellowship in poetry, applicants must have had at least 20 poems published in the last five years or a published book of poetry and must be in the process of completing a manuscript. Reviewers examine the submissions for evidence of originality, vision, and maturity. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

Journalists
Applicants in this genre are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

Playwrights/Screenwriters
Applicants in this genre must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, a play or screenplay produced or under option.

Film, Video, Sound and New Media Artists
Applicants in the areas of film, video, sound, and new media must have a body of independent work of significant achievement. Such work will typically have been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television or radio. Fellowships in film, video, sound, and new media are awarded jointly by the Institute and the Harvard Film Study Center (filmstudycenter.org), which supports practitioners of innovative nonfiction media whose work displays exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment. Reviewers focus on formal innovation, personal vision, and the impact that the work has had within its field. If accepted, film, video, sound and new media artists have a number of options to be negotiated to present their work during the fellowship year, to be determined once accepted.

Musicians
Composers: It is highly desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a Ph.D. or D.M.A.

Theater Performers
Applicants must have a significant body of work characterized by originality, reach, and mastery of technique. Reviewers expect that the artist has worked in at least two professional theaters or venues.

Visual Artists
To be considered for a fellowship in the visual arts, applicants must show strong evidence of achievement, with a record of at least five years of work as a professional artist, including participation in several curated group shows and at least two professional solo exhibitions. Reviewers take into account originality, consistency, and ability to transcend the artistic medium. If accepted, visual artists are required to present their work in a gallery exhibition. This exhibition will be mounted in conjunction with a presentation to colleagues and the public on the work displayed.



Eligibility for Individual Natural Scientists and Mathematicians - Supporting Material

Scholars in any field with a doctorate in the area of the proposed project by December 2013 are eligible to apply. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in journals are eligible to apply.

Please note: Applicants may not be students in a degree program at the time of application submission.



Eligibility for Groups of Humanists and Social Scientists

All members of a group applying in the Humanities and Social Sciences must have earned their doctorate by December 2013. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in journals or edited collections or one refereed journal are eligible to apply.

To gain consideration, the convener(s) of such a group should have submitted a letter of intent (one to three pages) describing the group’s focus, aims, and membership, a list of participants and their curriculum vitae to Fellowship Program Associate Dean Judith Vichniac, e-mailed by May 1, 2014, for the fellowship year 2015–2016.

The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic. Groups whose projects draw on the resources of the Institute’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (the country’s foremost archive in women’s history) are looked on favorably, but such a focus is not a requisite for applying.

In conjunction with ongoing programming that engages with the experiences and perspectives of indigenous peoples including Native Americans, the Radcliffe Institute is also interested in applications from scholars concerned with the history, cultures, politics, governance, and organizations of indigenous peoples in the Americas and beyond.



Eligibility for Groups of Creative Artists

All members of a group applying in the Creative Arts must meet the individual eligibility requirements, listed above, specific to their field.

To gain consideration, the convener(s) of such a group should have submitted a letter of intent (one to three pages) describing the group’s focus, aims, and membership, a list of participants and their curriculum vitae to Fellowship Program Associate Dean Judith Vichniac, e-mailed by May 1, 2014, for the fellowship year 2015–2016.

The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic. Groups whose projects draw on the resources of the Institute’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (the country’s foremost archive in women’s history) are looked on favorably, but such a focus is not a requisite for applying.

In conjunction with ongoing programming that engages with the experiences and perspectives of indigenous peoples including Native Americans, the Radcliffe Institute is also interested in applications from artists concerned with the history, cultures, politics, governance, and organizations of indigenous peoples in the Americas and beyond.



Eligibility for Groups of Natural Scientists and Mathematicians

All members of a group applying in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics must have received their doctorate by December 2013. Please note applicants cannot be students in a degree program at the time of application submission.

To gain consideration, the convener(s) of such a group should have submitted a letter of intent (one to three pages) describing the group’s focus, aims, and membership, a list of participants and their curriculum vitae to Fellowship Program Associate Dean Judith Vichniac, e-mailed by May 1, 2014, for the fellowship year 2015–2016.