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August 10, 2020

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program: Humanities, Social Sciences, Creative Arts

Application Deadline for Humanities, Social Sciences, & Creative Arts: September 10, 2020, 11:59pm EST

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. The Program seeks diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although Radcliffe fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

Radcliffe welcomes applications from a broad range of fields and perspectives. The strength of the fellowship program is its diversity.

The following areas are of particular interest:

  • The program welcomes proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include:
    • Law, education, and justice
    • Youth leadership and civic engagement
    • Legacies of slavery
  • Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. The program welcomes applications from scholars, artists, and practitioners proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeking to engage audiences beyond academia.
  • Interdisciplinary exchange is a hallmark of the Radcliffe Fellowship, and the program welcomes proposals that take advantage of our uniquely diverse intellectual community by engaging with concepts and ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.
  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, the program welcomes proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections.

Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months from September 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022 and receive a stipend of $78,000 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so that they may fully devote themselves to the work outlined in their proposal.


Applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences must:

  1. Have received their doctorate (or appropriate terminal degree) in the area of their proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow (December 2019 for the 2021-22 fellowship year).
  2. Have published a monograph or at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections.
  3. Individuals who are in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission are ineligible to apply.

Creative Artists 

Applicants need not have a PhD or an MFA to apply; however, they must meet discipline-specific eligibility requirements. These requirements can be accessed on this page (click on link).

Applicants from throughout the world are encouraged to apply for the Radcliffe Fellowships.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.