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Harvard University Fellowships 2024 || Apply Now

Harvard University awards a limited number of Bullard Fellowships annually to individuals representing a variety of disciplines and approaches to the study of forested ecosystems. These full-time residential fellowships allow individuals to foster their scientific and professional growth and to contribute to research on forests at Harvard.

A major goal of the Bullard Fellowship program is to enhance research activities at Harvard Forest and build long-term collaborations that connect Harvard Forest with other parts of the University. Fellows can be based at the Harvard Forest or associated with other departments and centers at Harvard, such as the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability, and the Arnold Arboretum. Bullard Fellowships are not intended for post-doctoral fellows; instead they are targeted at individuals with a record of independent scholarship and professional accomplishment.

Fellowships are occasionally awarded in the arts and environmental humanities, though these are rare. Please note that proposals in the arts and humanities must demonstrate a strong connection to the research at Harvard Forest and will undergo a separate review process led by Harvard University colleagues from the appropriate discipline.

Fellowships are typically for 6–12 months, with a maximum stipend of $75,000 for a full-year Fellowship. Awards are not intended for graduate students or recent postdoctoral candidates. Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout their fellowship.

Harvard Forest is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community that collectively supports and implements our mission.

Applications will open August 1, 2023 for fellowship opportunities in 2024-2025.

The deadline for applications is October 1, 2023.


View the listing of past fellowship recipients or learn more about this year’s Bullard Fellows.

Before applying, please review the following (scroll down the page to see the sections):

  • Qualifications
  • Fellowship Scope
  • Program Affiliations
  • Stipends
  • Duration
  • Application Procedure
  • Fellowship Location
  • Taxes
  • Health Insurance
  • International Fellows
  • Accepted Bullard Login

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Bullard Fellowships are generally awarded to individuals who have established themselves in academia, public service, or in the private sector. Bullard Fellowships are intended for scholars and practitioners who have demonstrated substantial accomplishment and vision; recent PhD graduates are generally not appropriate. For those in academic careers, preference is given to holders of doctoral degrees who received their degrees at least two years prior to applying and have published a monograph or at least two (humanities and social sciences) or five (STEM) articles in refereed journals or edited collections.   Applicants from outside academia must demonstrate leadership in their field and propose a project that shows promise of making important contributions to forest studies, broadly defined. All applicants will be considered in terms of the likelihood that study at Harvard will help advance their careers and the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Harvard Forest. Judgments of the Bullard Review Committee are based primarily on the quality of the applicant’s professional accomplishments, academic record, and potential benefits from interaction with the Harvard Forest community and its institutional resources.

Fellowship Scope

Research areas include forest ecology, tree physiology, soil biogeochemistry and microbial ecology, forest resource management, conservation and biodiversity, land use planning, and public policy. Fellowships are occasionally awarded in the arts and environmental humanities. Please note that proposals in the arts and humanities must demonstrate a strong connection to the research at Harvard Forest and will undergo a separate review process led by Harvard University colleagues from the appropriate discipline.


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