Rowland Junior Fellows Program

The Rowland Junior Fellows are selected to perform independent experimental research for five years, with full institutional support and access to the Institute's outstanding technical and scientific resources. The number of Rowland Junior Fellows will equal about ten, with on average two new appointments each year. We seek the best young experimentalists in all areas of science and engineering; research projects in the areas of energy science and neuroscience, broadly defined, are of particular interest.   The Rowland Junior Fellowship provides an opportunity to work in the rich intellectual environment at Harvard and the surrounding area, while establishing an independent program.

Download the 2015 RJF brochure.
Download the 2015 RJF poster. (Print at 11X17 inches)

To Apply

Applicants should submit a 1-page research proposal, a 2-page curriculum vitae (CV), and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent. The proposal, CV, and letters of recommendation may be either mailed or sent electronically as PDFs to:   


Mail address:

Dr. Michael Burns
Rowland Junior Fellows Program
Rowland Institute at Harvard
100 Edwin Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02142

The application deadline is November 14, 2014  for an appointment beginning between July 1 and  September 30, 2015. Questions about the program should be directed to

More about the Junior Fellows Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. (Q) When is the deadline for applications?

    (A) The deadline for applications for the 2015 program is November 14, 2014.

2. (Q) In the call for applications you note "research projects in the areas of energy science and neuroscience, broadly defined, are of particular interest”. How does this particular interest in energy science and neuroscience fields affect the chances of a proposal in other disciplines?

   (A) The focus on neuro- and energy sciences is a preference, but not a requirement, the interpretation of what is relevant will be broadly defined.  We are always looking for the best proposals and people so we still encourage applications outside of this field.

3. (Q) What determines eligibility?

    (A) Although no rigorous requirement is placed on prior experience and career path, the typical new appointee will have just completed a Ph.D. or have up to three years postdoctoral experience.

4. (Q) I'm not expecting to get my Ph.D. until May of next year - am I still eligible ?

    (A) Yes – You need to have your Ph.D. by the time you come to Rowland, but it is very common that applicants (and fellows that are invited) to not yet actually have their Ph.D. at the time of the selection process. However, you shouldn't apply if you are still more than six months or so from your expected Ph.D. completion date: you can always apply next year.

5. (Q) Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

    (A) No – non U.S. citizens are eligible for appointment as Rowland Junior Fellows. Visa requirements, of course, must be met.

6. (Q) Do I have to be at a U.S. institution or does my Ph.D. have to be from a U.S. institution ?

   (A) No.

7. (Q) I would like to submit my application electronically - may I?

    (A) Yes, we prefer PDF file format.  Submit to - .

8. (Q) May my letters of recommendation be sent electronically ?

    (A) We do accept electronic versions but only from the person writing the recommendation.

9. (Q) My field is X, but looking at your current fellows I don't see anyone in X. Does that mean you don't consider applicants in X?

    (A) No – The program accepts from such a broad range of fields that the current sampling of 8 or 10 fellows cannot possibly cover them all.  The choices of our current fellows is based on the best proposed science at their submission time. If a new proposal meets that criterion then X may very well be the next field a fellow is chosen from.

10. (Q) When is the selection decision made ?

      (A) The exact time of the decision depends on the scheduling of the visits of the final candidates (which usually numbers about 10 or 12) and the selection committee's process of evaluation. We inform candidates that are not in the final group as soon as possible - usually by the end of December. The final selection time varies more but we aim for late February or early March.

11. (Q) I currently have a position at Y and would like to apply for a Fellowship to support my work there - is this possible?

      (A) No –a Rowland Junior Fellow is expected to be resident at the Institute doing their research here during their fellowship tenure.

12. (Q) I just found out about the RJF program, but it's now after the deadline for submissions - will the program be available next year ?

      (A) Yes – our intention is that the Rowland Junior Fellowship program will extend into the indefinite future. The details, such as the submission deadline, may change a little bit, but on the whole next year's requirements and process should be the same as this year's.