Title Inequality in America Initiative 2022-23 Postdoctoral Fellowship
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Division of Social Science
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 in the United States.
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.
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. Each
fellow will have an opportunity during the fellowship period to convene a
manuscript workshop inviting 2-4 outside scholars to review and comment on
their research in progress.
Fellows are expected to be in residence at Harvard for the duration of
the fellowship, with the exception of the summer months. Fellows who need
to be off-site for longer than two weeks during regular term time must
seek approval from the program director.
The fellows will co-organize 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
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
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 $71,000/year plus fringe benefits, including health insurance
The award will include office space and up to $17,500 for research expenses
across the two years , including computer equipment and travel. We also
provide $3000 toward relocation expenses for anyone moving from out of state
(total includes withheld taxes, per US law; net will be included with second
paycheck) and $3000 toward a manuscript workshop in the second year.
The program director will pair each fellow with two Harvard faculty mentors,
including one from outside the fellow's primary discipline. Over fifty 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.
As of the fall of 2021, Harvard has resumed much of its on-campus activity,
and most business travel is permitted (subject to some restrictions). Campus
access requires compliance with the University's health and safety guidelines
and protocols, including COVID19 vaccination and regular testing. Should the
pandemic situation worsen, it is possible that remote work requirements will
be instituted and that travel will be more highly restricted.
Applicants to the 2022-23 program must have received a doctorate or terminal
degree in April 2019 or later ; those applicants without a
doctorate or terminal degree must demonstrate that they will receive such a
degree no later than August 2022.
If you have not completed your graduate program, please still make sure to
include your doctorate and anticipated degree date in the
Educational Background section.
Internal (Harvard-affiliated) candidates please note : Those who
received terminal degrees from Harvard, and postdocs currently on a one-year
term at Harvard, are eligible for the fellowship but must propose projects
that take them in new directions that are significantly distinct from their
current research and are intended to forge new connections within the
University. Harvard candidates should not propose to continue to work with
the same professors or research groups with whom they are currently
associated. No candidate should propose to work extensively with his or her
Applications , excluding letters of recommendation, must be submitted by
11:59 PM EST, Friday, November 12, 2021.
The application must include the following in order to be reviewed:
A 1-page summary of your proposed research in non-technical language, suitable for a broad audience outside of your discipline. Upload this to the “other statement” section.
A 2- to 3-page (<1500 words) research statement that includes a brief description of your dissertation research and a more detailed proposal for the project(s) you will pursue during the fellowship, including an explanation of the broader impacts of the research and how it connects with the goals of the program and your own long-term plans.
One chapter- or article-length writing sample, no more than 25 pages. The writing sample may be published or unpublished, but should relate to your proposed topic and be clearly identified (i.e., please note co-authors, if it's an excerpt from a longer work, and so forth).
Three letters of recommendation.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Letters of recommendation must be received no later than 11:59 PM EST,
Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
Please make sure you have supplied current and accurate email
addresses for your references, and please monitor your application to
make sure the letters have been submitted. Due to the volume of applications
we receive, we simply do not have time to track down missing letters, and
incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
You may use Interfolio. Interfolio provides you with a unique email address
for each letter of recommendation. You need to obtain that address from
Interfolio and enter it in the section of your application that requests your
reference provider's email address. (Once again, please double-check this
email address for accuracy.) Complete instructions are available at the
Interfolio Help Center (https:// product-
FAS Social Science Division
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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 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
Please indicate the research cluster that seems most relevant to your work: America Inequality, Globally Governance, Citizenship, and Social Justice Mobility and Migration Science, Technology, Education, and Health Work, Family, and Opportunity
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How did you find out about this position? Please specify which journal, web site, listserv, etc.
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Please submit at least 1, and up to 5, keywords describing your research. Do not use "Inequality" or "America". You may use disciplines and subfields as your keywords.
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Statement of Research
Writing Sample 1