Visiting Fellowships

Each year, the Center receives inquiries from individuals who would like to spend some time at the Center. We encourage applications through our Fellow-in-Residence program for one of those fellowships. If you are not in need of fellowship funding but have alternative sabbatical or leave support, however, you are welcome to apply for a Visiting Fellowship. Visiting Fellowships typically last from a few weeks to a maximum of one year. Please note that we are able to award very few Visiting Fellowships each year. 

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University accepts applications from researchers and practitioners who wish to visit Harvard in order to work on pressing issues in ethics. All Visiting Fellows will be expected to devote the majority of their time to their individual projects. They will, however, be invited (but not required) to participate in regular work-in-progress seminars and in the Center's programming, which includes public lectures, themed seminars and reading groups, conferences, workshops, and lunch discussions. Access to Harvard's libraries, programming, and community of scholars can often be facilitated by the Center, depending on length of stay. The Edmond J. Safra Center will provide office space only in the rare cases in which it is available.  


Faculty in arts and sciences and at professional schools, postdoctoral scholars, and practitioners from industry, government, and NGOs are eligible to apply. Practitioners must have a minimum of five years of professional experience by the start of the Fellowship. Any discipline or professional field will be considered eligible. Visiting Fellowships are open to all applicants who meet the above criteria, regardless of citizenship. 


Visiting Fellows must be able to provide evidence of external funding.   


The deadlines for Visiting Fellowship applications are March 15 (for visits during the Fall term) and October 15 (for visits during the spring term).  

To apply, you will need to complete an online application form which includes submission of the following in .pdf or .doc form: 

  • Brief cover letter stating your background, your interest in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics 
  • 2-3 page description of your proposed research 
  • CV  
  • Recent writing sample  
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Please note that the application form will be saved automatically while in progress, but no edits or alterations will be allowed once you have submitted it. Should you have any questions regarding this application process, you may email us at