Open to students (primarily Master's students and advanced undergraduates) with research interests in science, religion, and culture, the Junior Fellows Program is an opportunity for young scholars to develop their skills, grow their networks, and build solid foundations for future scholarship through the creation of publication-ready research projects.
The program provides year-long mentorship, professional development, and focused training in research methods and writing skills, all within an interdisciplinary community of scholars. Individually, fellows develop research projects and cultivate their professional skills under the guidance of faculty and advanced doctoral students. As members of a lively academic community, fellows collaborate with their peers to refine their projects and design effective conference presentations.
By the completion of the fellowship, fellows will have written a publishable research paper and presented their findings in SRC research conference. This training can prepare fellows to apply to doctoral studies in various fields and to pursue different professional endeavors.
During their fellowship year, fellows are expected to enroll and take “Science and Religion: Debates, Approaches, and Controversies” (HDS 3341) and, in consultation with the fellows coordinator, select up to two other courses. All three courses must be taken for a letter grade, and fellows are expected to pass these courses with at least an A- grade.
Under intensive mentorship from SRC faculty and staff, junior fellows are expected to develop a focused research project over their fellowship year
As part of developing the project, junior fellows are required to sign up and deliver one work-in-progress (WiP) talk. WiPs are monthly meetings for junior fellows where each fellow presents a pre-circulated draft and receives feedback and questions from other fellows and the fellows coordinator. Each WiP includes a 30-minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of discussion.
Fellows are also recommended to set up a one-on-one meeting with the fellows coordinator or their doctoral mentor once a month to discuss the progress of their research.
The research project has three required final outputs:
1. Journal submission: Fellows produce a long paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal to be identified in consultation with Professor Ragab and the fellows coordinator.
2. Popular article: Fellows produce a shorter version of their project, targeted at a wider audience, for submission to Cosmologics, the 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.
SRC Events and Fellows Lunches
Junior fellows are expected to actively participate in SRC program life including its different events, most significantly the SRC Mahindra seminars where program research associates present their work.
Fellows are required to attend two fellows lunch per year. Led by professor Ragab, fellows lunches are closed meetings held twice a year where invited faculty members present their work and discuss different issues related to their research, writing, and scholarship.
Applying for the Junior Fellows Program
To apply for the program, please submit the following materials:
a. Writing sample: 10–15 pages of continuous academic prose demonstrating your ability to argue a thesis from evidence
b. 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
c. Curriculum vitae
Send your application as a single PDF to SRCP@hds.harvard.edu.
Applications for the 2015–2016 Junior Fellows Program are due September 8, 2015.