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Harvard Belfer Center 2020 Middle East Initiative (MEI) Research Fellowships

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs.

The Middle East Initiative (MEI) engages public policy issues in the Middle East by convening academic and policy experts, collaborating with regional partners, and developing the next generation of leaders.

Fellows are expected to be physically present at Harvard for the duration of the two-semester fellowship. Pre-doctoral research fellows are encouraged to work on, and ideally complete, their doctoral dissertations. Postdoctoral or faculty fellows may use this fellowship to complete a book or develop other works-in-progress.

Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these four primary areas of focus:

  1. Democratizing Politics: Establishing durable, accountable democracies not only by focusing on political institutions, but also by empowering the region’s citizens.
  2. Building Peace: Addressing the sources of domestic and interstate conflict and generating durable political settlements.
  3. Revitalizing the State: Reforming the Middle East’s social service delivery systems with a special emphasis on health, education and social protection.
  4. Democratizing Financial and Labor Markets: Working to ensure that the financial and labor markets in the Middle East benefit the entire population, not merely the elite.

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About Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. In 2019, for the sixth year in a row, the Belfer Center was ranked the world's #1 University Affiliated Think Tank by University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The Center has a dual mission: (1) to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other cr... read more


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Harvard Belfer Center Middle East Initiative Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of Harvard Belfer Center Middle East Initiative Fellowship

  1. The Middle East Initiative offers ten-month stipends of $40,000 to pre-doctoral fellows and $58,000 to postdoctoral fellows. Pre-doctoral fellows are not benefits eligible. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding. All applicants should clearly indicate on their application form whether they are seeking full or partial funding, and indicate other potential funding sources. Non-stipendiary appointments are also offered, but the application process remains the same.
  2. Fellows who expect to complete their Ph.D. program prior to the fellowship can apply for a postdoctoral appointment. Confirmation of Ph.D. completion is required to receive the postdoctoral stipend rate and benefits. The fellow will be paid at the pre-doctoral rate and will not be benefits eligible until the Middle East Initiative receives confirmation of Ph.D. completion.

Requirements for Harvard Belfer Center Middle East Initiative Fellowship Qualification

  1. Eligible candidates include advanced doctoral candidates, recent recipients of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and untenured faculty members.
  2. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations and should be in or near the final year of their program.
  3. Applications are welcome from political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists, and other social scientists.
  4. Women are most encouraged to apply; minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these six primary areas of focus:

  1. Improving Governance: Promoting the inclusivity, accountability, responsiveness, and efficiency of governing institutions and empowering the region's citizens.
  2. Building Peace: Addressing the sources of domestic and interstate conflict and generating durable political settlements.
  3. Revitalizing the State: Improving the capacity of state institutions and reforming social service delivery systems, with a special emphasis on health, education, and social protection.
  4. Broadening Financial and Labor Markets: Working to ensure that financial and labor markets in the Middle East are open, competitive, and inclusive.
  5. Governing Technology: Assessing how governments in the Middle East adapt to and integrate technological changes such as the growth of cyberspace, automation, and artificial intelligence, as well as how these advances in technology have shaped governance.
  6. Adapting to Environmental Challenges: Exploring how the governments of the region can cope and are coping with the challenges of water scarcity and climate change.

Fellows are generally expected to:

  1. Complete a 25-30 page Working Paper to be published by the Middle East Initiative
  2. Present their research at seminars open to the public
  3. Attend seminars of other Middle East Initiative research fellows
  4. Participate in Middle East Initiative activities as appropriate

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Harvard Belfer Center Middle East Initiative Fellowship

Recommendations will be due on February 3, 2020. Decisions will be announced by March 30, 2020.


Application Deadline

January 15, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on www.belfercenter.org to apply
  1. CV/ Resume
  2. Unofficial transcript (pre-doctoral fellow applicants only)
  3. Research statement (3-5 pages)
  4. Writing sample (less than 50 pages)
    1. Should be one published or unpublished piece written by the
      applicant (co-authored pieces not accepted) in English that will
      demonstrate his/her English-language writing ability
    2. Can be a journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, white paper, etc. you have produced in your field
  5. Contact information for 3 recommenders submitting letters on your behalf

All applications must be submitted via the online application portal. No other method of application submission will be accepted. 

For more details, visit Harvard University Middle East Initiative (MEI) Research Fellowship website



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