Fellowship Program Information

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute Fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic. In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender, however. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. We seek to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way. Former fellows of the Radcliffe Institute (2000 to present) are not eligible to apply.

Special Themes and Projects

Radcliffe Institute 2019-20 Theme
As part of a one-year initiative at the Institute on the broad theme of the human body, we particularly welcome applications related to this topic in all disciplines (arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences), as well as those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Schlesinger Library Long Nineteenth Amendment Project
A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has allowed the Schlesinger Library to launch the Long Nineteenth Amendment Project interrogating the centennial of American women’s suffrage. The grant will fund a Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow as part of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship cohort in 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22.

Selection Process
Each application is reviewed in a dual-tiered process by peers in relevant disciplines. Applications are judged on the quality and significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s record of achievement and promise. Applicants are notified of the results of the selection process in March. If circumstances change that make it impossible for you to accept an offer from us, please let us know as soon as possible so we can withdraw your application from consideration. In addition, if you are offered another fellowship, please contact us to let us know before accepting. If you decide to accept another fellowship offer before our selection process has been completed, please let us know so that we may withdraw your application from consideration. Cluster proposals from two to three individuals, all of whom fit the criteria status for individual applicants, will be accepted for review. Cluster proposals are due by May 15, 2018.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail in March of the results.