How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Radcliffe Fellowship Program.

Application Deadlines
Humanities, Social Sciences, and Creative Arts: September 12, 2019 (11:59 PM EST)
Science, Engineering, and Mathematics: October 3, 2019 (11:59 PM EST)



An application consists of:
  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal, with bibliography when appropriate
  • Writing or work sample
  • Three letters of recommendation
All application materials must be submitted online.



Quick Guide to Beginning a Radcliffe Fellowship Application
  • Determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for your selected discipline.
  • Make note of the application deadline above.
  • Begin an application by clicking on the tab above and registering as a new user.
  • Reach out to recommenders well in advance of the deadline. You will be asked to provide the contact information for three references, who will be prompted, via email, to upload a letter in support of your application.
  • Consult evaluation criteria below and review the detailed application material guidelines in our FAQs.



Program Details

Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months from September 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so that they may fully devote themselves to the work outlined in their proposal.

As this is a residential fellowship, fellows are expected to reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of their fellowship. Fellows may be eligible to receive additional funds for moving expenses, childcare, and housing to aid them in making a smooth transition. Healthcare options are made available as needed.

Radcliffe Fellows receive office or studio space in Byerly Hall and full-time Harvard appointments as visiting fellows, granting them access to Harvard University’s various resources, including libraries, housing, and athletic facilities. If fellows would like to hire Harvard undergraduate students as Research Partners, we will cover their hourly wages.

Fellows are expected to engage actively with the colleagues in their cohort and to participate fully as a member of the Radcliffe community. To this end, all fellows present their work-in-progress, either in the form of a private talk for their cohort or a public lecture, in addition to attending the presentations of all other fellows during that academic year (up to two talks per week). We offer group lunches and other opportunities to connect with members of your cohort, but attendance at these is optional.


Evaluation Criteria

Each application is reviewed in a two-tiered process—first by experts in the relevant field, then by a multidisciplinary committee charged with selecting a diverse class of fellows of the highest achievement and potential.

Applications are evaluated on the quality and significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s intellectual and creative capacity, as evidenced by a strong record of achievement or extraordinary promise. We seek diversity along every dimension, including geography, ethnicity and race, stage in career, and ideological perspective.

Project proposals should be original, well-conceived, imaginative, and feasible.

As a uniquely multidisciplinary community, we highly value collegiality and openness to cross-disciplinary conversation.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process in March 2020.