Nomination Procedure

Candidates are nominated for Junior Fellowships, generally by those under whom they have studied. Applications are not accepted from the candidates themselves. A letter of nomination should include an assessment of the candidate’s work and promise, i.e. a full letter of recommendation, and also provide complete contact information for the candidate, including current residential address and email address, and the names, mailing addresses, and email addresses of three additional people who agree to write letters of recommendation by the date requested when they are contacted by the Society. Men and women interested in any field of study are eligible for these fellowships. Nominees should be of the highest caliber of intellectual achievement, i.e. comparable to the most successful candidates for junior faculty positions at leading universities.

Upon receipt of the mailed nomination, the Society will request letters of recommendation from the referees listed, and ask the candidate to submit samples of written work (dissertation chapters, articles, papers) along with a one or two-page proposal describing the studies he or she would like to pursue while a Junior Fellow. If a candidate suspects that they have been nominated and have not been contacted by the Society by the first week of September they should call or email our office.

  • The Society will request that the three additional letters of recommendation be submitted electronically – not by email, but through a link, which we will provide in our correspondence with the referees. After receipt of the nomination, the referees will be contacted on a rolling basis beginning in July by our office both by regular mail and email and asked to submit their letters within three weeks of the date of our email. (This is why full and accurate email addresses are necessary to process the nomination.) Instructions for uploading letters will be provided to each referee, along with a password to enter the secure site.
  • Our communication with the candidate will request that written materials be submitted both electronically through a link to our submission portal and by mail or express mail within three weeks from the date of our initial email contact. Full instruction for uploading the C.V., list of publications, research proposal, and three samples of work will be provided, along with a password to enter the secure site.
  • The candidate is requested to provide official transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate records. (Ideally, transcripts should be forwarded directly to the Society from the universities/institutions involved; however, candidates who have who have sealed transcripts may submit them with their mailed materials.)

On the basis of the materials submitted, the Senior Fellows select a certain number of candidates for interview. It is from this number that the final selection is made. The Society pays the traveling expenses of those candidates interviewed.

Please note: if still pursuing the Ph.D., candidates should be at the dissertation stage of their theses and be prepared to finish their degrees within a year of becoming fellows. If already a recipient of the degree, they should not be much more than a year past the Ph.D. at the time the fellowship commences. Most Junior Fellows receive the Ph.D. just prior to the start of the fellowship.

The deadline for receiving nominations for Junior Fellowships that begin July 1, 2020 is Friday, August 9, 2019. No nomination will be accepted with a postmark past the deadline. Nominations will not be accepted by email.

All letters should be sent to:

The Society of Fellows
Harvard University
78 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138