The Postdoctoral Fellows Program enables junior scholars who have recently received the Ph.D. to spend a specified term in residence at the Institute (usually a semester or an academic year) without any obligations other than the revision of their dissertation for publication in book form. Nevertheless, fellows are encouraged to share their work by giving a public presentation, and to participate in lectures and other events. Fellows may use the Harriman Resource Center and the Columbia Libraries. Although space is limited, the Institute tries to provide offices or at least desk space for all postdoctoral fellows.
The primary criterion for such fellowships is excellence. Evidence of the dissertation¿s potential to make a significant contribution to Russian, Soviet or post-Soviet studies weighs most in the Fellowship Committee’s selection of fellows. Postdoctoral fellows must defend their dissertations by June 1 and deposit them before the start of the academic year in early September in order to receive their fellowships. There is no set number of fellowships.
To apply, candidates should send the following materials to the Harriman Institute Fellowship Committee by January 2 (fellowships begin the following September): A curriculum vitae; A substantial portion of the dissertation; Three letters of recommendation; A research plan outlining how their time will be spent at the Institute.
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