For 2017-18 and 2018-19, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will take “Political Economy and Justice” as its leading theme. Our work in areas such as diversity, justice, and democracy; bioethics; and institutional corruption will also continue. But for the next two years, we will concentrate a significant portion of our fellowships, resources, and energy around the theme of Political Economy and Justice.


The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University invites applications from a broad range of researchers and practitioners who will work over the course of the year on pressing issues in ethics. Faculty in arts and sciences and professional schools, postdoctoral scholars, practitioners, and researchers from industry, government, and NGOs are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to early career scholars and practitioners whose work closely aligns with this theme, but we reserve some "open" slots for senior scholars and practitioners, and for exceptionally competitive applicants whose work in ethics falls outside this scope. The goal will be to craft a cohort in which "thematic" fellows and "open" fellows will all find valuable intellectual partnerships to support and spur their work.


Applicants must have a PhD, professional degree, or a minimum of 5 years of equivalent professional experience, and any discipline or professional field will be considered. Those who have previously held a yearlong residential Fellowship at the Center are not eligible; this limitation does not apply to former Undergraduate Fellows or former Graduate Fellows. The Fellowship-in-Residence Program runs the course of the academic year, typically from the beginning of September through the end of May and is open to all applicants who meet the above criteria, regardless of citizenship.


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form which includes submission of the following (pdf, .doc, or .docx versions are acceptable):

  • Cover letter stating your background and interest in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Fellows-in-Residence Program
  • Three professional references
  • Recent writing sample
  • Research proposal
  • CV

The application cycle for the 2019-2020 academic year will begin in September.