HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Inequality in America Initiative 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
$65,000/year
Posted
10 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2018
Ref
8509
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Division of Social Science

Position Description

Social and economic inequality are urgent problems for our society, with implications for a range of outcomes from economic growth and political stability to crime, public health, family wellbeing, and social trust. The Inequality in America Initiative seeks applications from recent doctoral (or equivalent) degree recipients interested in joining an interdisciplinary network of Harvard researchers who are working to address the multiple challenges of inequality.

This postdoctoral training program is intended to seed new research directions; facilitate collaboration and mentorship across disciplines; develop new leaders in the study of inequality who can publish at the highest level, reach the widest audience, and impact policy; and deepen teaching expertise on the subject of inequality.

Expectations and Conditions

  • Each fellow is expected to pursue original research and, in particular, to make substantial progress on new work that is significantly distinct from the dissertation. Fellows are expected to complete a working paper that represents a new line of research by the end of the second year. 
  • Fellows are expected to be in residence at Harvard for the duration of the fellowship, with the exception of the summer months. 
  • The fellows will co-organize with the fellowship program director a research workshop that will convene IAI affiliates on a monthly basis for the purpose of presenting and discussing work in progress. Each fellow will present in the workshop at least once per year.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in the activities of the Inequality in America Initiative, including but not limited to the research workshop.
  • Fellows may be able to extend the postdoctoral fellowship to a non-stipendiary third year, subject to approval of the program director and conditional on the fellow securing funding, potentially through teaching at Harvard.

The Award

The fellowship is a two-year postdoctoral training program, with an optional third year conditional on program director approval and independent funding. The salary is $65,000/year plus fringe benefits, including health insurance eligibility.

The award will include appropriate office space; a one-time grant of $2500 for the purchase of computer equipment; a $10,000 research account to support research-related expenses; and up to $2500 per year reimbursement for research-related travel. We also provide up to $3000 in relocation expenses (taxable income under US law).

The program director will pair each fellow with two Harvard faculty mentors, including one from outside the fellow’s primary discipline. Over 50 Harvard faculty are affiliated with the initiative, participating in one or more of five major research clusters:

  • Mobility and Migration
  • Science, Technology, Education, and Health
  • Work, Family, and Opportunity
  • Governance, Citizenship, and Social Justice
  • America Inequality, Globally

See more at https://inequalityinamerica.fas.harvard.edu.

Applicants should indicate on their applications the research cluster that seems most relevant to their work, as this will aid us in identifying appropriate mentors. (Applicants do not need to identify mentors themselves.) Fellows will have ample opportunity and encouragement to make connections with faculty from across the initiative.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants to the 2019-20 program must have received a doctorate or terminal degree in May 2016 or later; those applicants without a doctorate or terminal degree must demonstrate that they will receive such a degree no later than August 2019.

Additional Qualifications

HARVARD candidates: Those who received terminal degrees from Harvard and postdocs currently working at Harvard are eligible for the fellowship provided their research plans take them in new directions that are significantly distinct from their doctoral research and forge new connections within the University. Harvard candidates should not propose to continue to work with the same professors or lab groups with whom they are currently associated. No candidate should propose to work extensively with his or her thesis advisor.

Special Instructions

The application must include the following:

  1. A CV
  2. A 2- to 4-page (1500-word) research statement that includes a brief description of your dissertation research and a more detailed proposal for the project you will pursue during the fellowship, including an explanation of its importance and potential impact and how it connects with the goals of the program and your own long-term plans.
  3. Two writing samples. The writing samples should relate to your proposed topic and be clearly identified (e.g., if excerpted from published papers or your dissertation, provide full citation information).
  4. Two letters of recommendation.

Applications, including two letters of recommendation, must be completed by December 3, 2018.

Contact Information

Jennifer Shephard
FAS Social Science Division
University Hall 3 South
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138

Contact Email jmsheph@fas.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Minimum Number of References Required 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed 2