The Doctoral Fellowship is a competitive two-year fellowship that provides the requisite exposure, intellectual training, and skill set for doctoral students interested in issues related to science, religion, and culture. The fellowship provides an opportunity to broaden a doctoral candidate’s area of expertise and enhance their competitiveness and professional reach. In particular, doctoral fellows are trained in science studies (including the History of Science and Science and Technology Studies) and/or religious studies broadly conceived. Candidates may come from any discipline if they are interested in either of these two fields, or their intersection.
Fellows are expected to take “Science and Religion: Debates, Approaches, and Controversies” (HDS 3341/HS209) in their first year of the fellowship.
Fellows select 3 other courses in areas other than their original discipline to be completed at any point during their doctoral program.
As part of this requirement, candidates must write and submit an intellectual plan (1–2 pages) during the first semester of their fellowship to explain their course choices and how these serve their overall goals. The plan will be discussed with Professor Ragab.
Fellows are expected to take these courses for a letter grade and to pass the courses with a grade of A- or above. Courses taken prior to joining the fellowship can be counted towards this requirement as can appropriate general field exams or reading courses.
In their first year of the fellowship, doctoral fellows are expected to develop a focused research project with three final outputs:
1. Journal submission: Fellows produce an article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal to be identified in consultation with Professor Ragab.
2. Popular article: Fellows produce a shorter version of their project, targeted at a wider audience, for submission to Cosmologics, SRC’s online magazine.
3. Conference presentation: Fellows present their research to the community at the SRC year-end conference. This may entail developing a visual or multimedia component to enhance a text.
In addition to these final outcomes, and as part of developing the project, fellows are expected to participate in closed Work-in-Progress (WiP) talks. WiPs are monthly meetings where each fellow workshops their drafts with other fellows and the faculty director. Each fellow will present two different drafts (at two different stages) of their work in two different WiPs.
Fellows also present their work at SRC Mahindra seminars to a larger audience for feedback from SRC’s broader intellectual community.
In their second year, fellows develop a syllabus and a course plan in their target field or discipline. The syllabi are developed in close consultation with Professor Ragab.
Fellows are required to attend two fellows lunches per year. Led by Professor Ragab, fellows lunches are closed meetings held twice a year where invited faculty members present their work or work in progress and discuss different issues related to their research, writing, and scholarship.
Applying for the Doctoral Fellows Program
To apply for the program, please submit the following materials:
a. Statement of purpose: A cover letter of 1–2 pages explaining your interest in the study of science, religion, and culture, and why you would like to be a part of this program specifically.
b. Curriculum vitae
Send your application as a single PDF to SRCP@hds.harvard.edu.
Applications for the 2015–2016 Doctoral Fellows Program are due September