Inequality in America Initiative 2023-24 Postdoctoral Fellowship
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 11623
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. We expect to appoint four fellows in the fall of 2023, with two positions dedicated to scholars whose work focuses specifically on issues of racial and ethnic 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.
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 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 $73,500/year plus fringe benefits, including health insurance eligibility.
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 the fellows with Harvard faculty mentors (applicants do not need to identify mentors in advance). 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. Fellows will have ample opportunity and encouragement to make connections with faculty from across the initiative.
Applicants to the fall 2023 program must have received a doctorate or terminal degree in April 2020or later; those applicants without a doctorate or terminal degree must demonstrate that they will receive such a degree no later than August 2023.
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 thesis advisor.
Jennifer Shephard FAS Social Science Division University Hall 3 South Harvard University Cambridge MA 02138
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Applications, excluding letters of recommendation, must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, November 13, 2022.
The application must include the following in order to be reviewed:
A brief (250 word) personal statement explaining how your research agenda, training, and background equip you to be a strong contributing member of a multidisciplinary community of scholars of inequality.
A 2- to 4-page (<2000 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. Keep in mind that applications are reviewed by faculty from a wide variety of disciplines and subfields, so it's important that the goals and impacts of your research (and your methods, to the extent possible) are explained in such a way that non-specialists can easily understand their significance.
One chapter- or article-length writing sample, no more than 25 pages (an excerpt from a longer work is acceptable). 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, please explain; and so forth).
The names and email addresses of 3 referees, who will be asked via a system-generated email to upload their letters of recommendation once the candidate's application materials have been submitted.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Letters of recommendation must be received no later than 11:59 PM Eastern, Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
Please make sure you have supplied current and accurate email addresses for your referees, 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.
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.
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