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Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University

Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University

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Applications are open for Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University in the United States of America. Through a generous founding gift from Edward O. Wilson, Faculty-Curator Emeritus and University Research Professor Emeritus, and with support from additional donors, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has established the E.O. Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

This program supports postdoctoral researchers at MCZ to pursue the discovery and formal taxonomic description of Earth’s animal species. Fellows will work under the supervision of one or more MCZ faculty-curators, who will provide office space, access to lab facilities, and necessary research support. The program also aims to achieve broad taxonomic coverage and is not restricted to any particular taxon.


Candidates must have the following qualifications for this Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University

  • A Ph.D. with relevant research experience in taxonomy and/or systematics.
  • All formal requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed before the start of the fellowship, though degree receipt may be forthcoming.
  • The EOW fellowship program is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants need to identify at least one faculty-curator who has agreed to supervise the fellowship.

Criteria for selection

Committee of Harvard faculty will evaluate applications who will prioritize the following in the selection process:

  • The likelihood that the proposed work will result in the discovery and formal taxonomic description of animal species new to science.
  • Fully developed and well thought out research programs with significance of proposed research clearly highlighted.
  • The use of integrative methodologies that combine several data types in crafting solutions to taxonomic problems.
  • A strong academic record of taxonomic/systemics research.

Terms & Conditions

  • A stipend of $55,000/year as well as research and travel allowance of $4,000/year
  • Benefits-eligible
  • Start date flexible, but within 12 months of extended fellowship offer
  • Maximum two-year appointment, with funding for year 2 contingent upon successful performance during year 1
  • Relocation allowance negotiable after fellowship awarded
  • Furthermore, residence in the Cambridge area is necessary.

submission through Harvard Academic Recruiting Information eSystem (ARieS)

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline30 September,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerHarvard University



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