Eligibility Guidelines and Application Materials

This page outlines the eligibility guidelines and application materials for each application area.

Eligibility and Application Materials for:
- Humanists and Social Scientists
- Creative Artists (including Journalists and Nonfiction writers)
- Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians
- Practitioners

For details on how we classify disciplines, please consult our Disciplines Listing. Radcliffe Fellows often work on projects that cross disciplinary borders. We make every effort to find readers with the background and expertise to properly evaluate cross-disciplinary applications. When applying, please indicate the discipline that best aligns with your work. You will have the opportunity to identify additional relevant disciplines.



Humanists and Social Scientists

Eligibility
Applicants in the humanities and social sciences must:
1. Have received their doctorate (or appropriate terminal degree) in the area of their proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2018 for the 2020-21 fellowship year).
2. Have published a monograph or at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections.

Individuals who are in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission are ineligible to apply.

Former Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.

Application Materials
The application comprises the following:
  • Completed application form
  • Short curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal, with bibliography when appropriate
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation
For more detailed application guidelines, consult the Application Materials section of our FAQs.



Creative Artists

Eligibility
Applicants need not have a PhD or an MFA to apply; however, they must meet the following discipline-specific eligibility requirements:

Film and Video: Applicants in this discipline 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.

Visual Arts: Applicants in this discipline 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.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Applicants in these disciplines must have one of the following:
a) one or more published books;
b) a contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript; or
c) at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published.

Poetry: Applicants in this discipline must have had published at least 20 poems in the last five years or published a book of poetry, and must be in the process of completing a manuscript.

Journalism: Applicants in this discipline are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.

Playwriting: Applicants in this discipline must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.

Music Composition: It is desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a PhD or DMA. Most importantly, the applicant must show strong evidence of achievement as a professional artist, with a record of recent performances.

Performing Arts—Dance, Music Performance, Theater Performance: Although Radcliffe occasionally invites applications from selected performing artists, we do not accept performing arts applications through the general application process.

Individuals who are in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission are ineligible to apply, unless the dissertation has been accepted and degree is forthcoming.

Former Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.

Application Materials
The application comprises the following:
  • Completed application form
  • Short curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal
  • Work sample
  • Three letters of recommendation
For more detailed application guidelines, consult the Application Materials section of our FAQs.



Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians

Eligibility
Applicants in science, engineering, and mathematics must:
1. Have received their doctorate in the area of the proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2018 for the 2020-21 fellowship year).
2. Have published at least five articles in refereed journals. Most science, engineering, and math fellows have published dozens of articles.

This is not intended to serve as a post-doctoral fellowship. We fund individuals who clearly evidence a strong body of independent research and writing.

Individuals who are in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission are ineligible to apply.

Former Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.

Application Materials
The application comprises the following:
  • Completed application form
  • Short curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal
  • Three reprints
  • Three letters of recommendation
For more detailed application guidelines, consult the Application Materials section of our FAQs.



Practitioners

Radcliffe welcomes applications from mid-career practitioners who have held senior leadership positions in non-profits, government, or the private sector. Many mid-career practitioners propose to write a book or series of articles during their year; others plan for the launch of their next venture.

To apply as a practitioner, please use the application for the Humanities and Social Sciences. When selecting a disciplinary area on the application form, please select “Practitioner” from the drop-down menu. You will have additional opportunities to specify your area of focus.

Eligibility and Evaluation
Practitioners should have at least ten years of relevant professional experience and be acknowledged as leaders in their fields. Proposals from practitioners are evaluated based on their professional experience, project feasibility, collegiality, and suitability for the Radcliffe community.

Application Materials
The application comprises the following:
  • Completed application form
  • Short curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation
For more information about applying as a practitioner, consult the Practitioners section of our FAQs.