The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for five
one-year postdoctoral fellowships on the topic of the environmental
humanities, drawn from any humanistic discipline. We interpret the
environmental humanities in the broadest terms, to include all
parts of the world and historical eras. Topics may include (but are
not limited to) humanistic approaches to climate change,
biodiversity, social justice, environmental justice, food justice,
regenerative practices, gardening, landscape, urban foraging,
health, and animal studies.
We welcome applications from scholars in all fields whose work
innovatively engages with the environment and the humanities. In
addition to pursuing their own research projects, fellows will be
core participants in the bi-weekly seminar meetings for both
academic semesters of the fellowship. Other participants will
include faculty and graduate students from Harvard and other
universities in the region, and occasional visiting speakers.
Fellows will also be encouraged to engage with the Center’s
existing Environment Forum and the Center’s new initiative, the
Intergenerational Humanities (I-HUM) Project on the theme of “Place
Fellows will receive stipends of $65,000, medical insurance,
additional research support of $2,500, and (for those not already
in residence in Greater Boston) $1,500 in moving expenses. Fellows
are expected to be in residence at Harvard for the term of the
Applicants for 2022-23 fellowships must have received a
doctorate or terminal degree in or after May 2019. Applicants
without a doctorate or terminal degree must demonstrate that they
have completed all requirements for a terminal degree (i.e.
dissertation defense) by August 1, 2022. Scholars from outside the
United States are appointed under either the J-1 visa (Research
Scholar status) or F-1 OPT (Optional Practical Training), depending
on their circumstances. If awarded a fellowship, the term of
appointment for international scholars is September 1, 2022-August
31, 2023. The Mahindra Center reserves the right to cancel awards
if the recipient is unable to meet these conditions of completion
and visa status.
The application deadline for applicants to submit their materials
is November 12, 2021. The deadline for receipt of
letters of recommendation is December 3, 2021.
In addition to biographical and professional information,
applicants are asked to submit:
1. A curriculum vitae.
2. A statement of the research project (1,000-3,000 words) that
provides a detailed description of what the applicant proposes to
do during the fellowship year.
3. One chapter- or article-length writing sample (no longer than 40
4. Names and contact information of three referees, who will be
asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of
recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted.
Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application
is considered complete only when three letters have been received.
Recommendations may be those included in the applicant’s placement
dossier, but they must specifically address the proposed research
project. Letters should be uploaded to the electronic
Please contact Steven Biel, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any
questions about applying for a fellowship.