Research Fellow in Global History

Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

United States

Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Fellow

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Position Description

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH), a Research Cluster on Global Transformations, at Harvard University identifies and supports outstanding scholars whose work responds to the growing interest in the encompassing study of global history. We seek to organize a community of scholars interested in the systematic scrutiny of developments that have unfolded across national, regional, and continental boundaries and who propose to analyze the interconnections—cultural, economic, ecological, political and demographic—among world societies. We encourage applicants from all over the world, and especially from outside Europe and North America, hoping to create a global conversation on global history.

WIGH Fellows are appointed for one academic year and are provided time, guidance, office space, and access to Harvard University facilities. They should be prepared to devote their entire time to productive scholarship and may undertake sustained projects of research or other original work. They will join a vibrant community of global history scholars at Harvard. The WIGH Fellowship is residential and Fellows are expected to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes or unless Harvard University’s coronavirus pandemic response necessitates a switch to a virtual campus. They are expected to participate in WIGH activities, including a bi-weekly seminar.

More information on the program, including events, affiliated faculty, and current and former fellows can be found at

Basic Qualifications

The competition for this fellowship is open only to scholars with a PhD (or comparable professional school degree).

Additional Qualifications

We are an interdisciplinary program and open to a variety of fields, but we expect that all candidates will be involved in rigorously examining the interconnections between world societies. If still pursuing the PhD, WIGH Fellows must receive their degree no later than June 2021. There is no limit on time since submission of the candidate’s degree; we are open to candidates at various stages of their careers. We expect that candidates will be able to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request.

Special Instructions

Application materials include:

-A cover letter which succinctly states the applicant’s academic field and proposed or actual research topic.
-Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.
-A statement of the applicant’s proposed research, including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work (no more than 3 pages.)

Contact Information

Jessica Barnard
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Harvard University
1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed 2

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

*Please list the title of your research project, as well as a brief description (25 words or less.)
(Open Ended Question)

*If you have recently held another Harvard appointment, please indicate the title(s) and date(s).
(Open Ended Question)

*WIGH stipends are individually determined, up to a maximum of $60,000. Because we cannot always offer the amount requested, we urge applicants to apply also for funding from agencies or foundations such as the NEH or ACLS, or from their home institution. We realize many applicants will not have definite financial information at the time of application. However, please complete this section as fully as you can, indicating possible sabbatical leave, any funding applications pending, from which agencies, and for how much. In estimating expenses, applicants should take into consideration the high cost of living, especially for housing, in the Cambridge area. Please list the amount(s) and source(s) of other fellowships (indicate if pending), as well as additional sources of income (such as sabbatical leave from your home university.)
(Open Ended Question)

*Please list the amount of funding requested from WIGH.
(Open Ended Question)

*Please note that the WIGH Fellowship is a residential program. Office space is provided with the expectation that Fellows will be present at the Initiative and participate in the intellectual and scholarly community of WIGH and at Harvard.
I have read and agree with the residency requirement.
I have read and do not agree with the residency requirement.

*Fellows are required to be proficient in English. Non-US citizens, if accepted, will be asked to supply proof of English proficiency through documentation or interview. Are you proficient in English?
◦Yes, I am proficient in English.
◦No, I am not proficient in English.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Optional Documents

In your application, please refer to


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