Democracy Visiting Fellowships

Democracy Visiting Fellowships

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation invites faculty, doctoral, and postdoctoral students to apply to its Democracy Visiting Fellowship Program and further their research on substantive democratic governance issues. 


We are broadly interdisciplinary and invite scholars who use approaches from political theory and philosophy, political science, sociology, law, or history. We are especially interested in drawing scholars whose work focuses on innovations in public participation and political participation in democracies or non-democracies.

The Ash Center is a global and values-driven community that believes diverse perspectives are paramount to better understanding and addressing real-world problems. In fostering an environment of rigor, curiosity, and integrity, we value and respect different opinions, lived experiences, and diverse research and policy areas and approaches. We actively seek candidates who share our commitment and values.


The duration of the fellowship is one academic year, lasting August 1 until July 31. Visiting Fellows will be expected to participate in a weekly community seminar series and engage in the activities of the Ash Center and Harvard Kennedy School more broadly. The Democracy Visiting Fellowship carries a modest administration fee, and offers institutional support including physical and online library access, access to Harvard's electronic resources, and use of our shared fellow study space. If required, dedicated office space can be arranged that carries an additional fee.

How to Apply

To learn more about the application process, please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page

Access the application

Applications are due December 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.

Additional inquiries should be directed to:

Jose Martinez
Program Administrator, Democratic Governance
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Please note that we do not provide critique/feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Application date
1 academic year
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, History, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Law, International Relations, Political science, Sociology