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. Candidates in all the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology,...) as well as in engineering will be considered, with special attention given to interdisciplinary work and to the development of new experimental methods.

Download the 2014 brochure.
Download the 2014 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 and CV should be sent via US mail; letters of recommendation may be either mailed or sent electronically to rjf@rowland.harvard.edu.

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

The application deadline is November 15, 2014  for an appointment beginning between July 1 and  September 30, 2015. Please apply during October of 2014.  Questions about the program should be directed to rjf@rowland.harvard.edu.

More about the Junior Fellows Program

2014rjfbrochure.pdf1.11 MB
2014rjfposter.pdf862 KB

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    (A) The deadline for applications for the 2015 program is November 15, 2014.



2. (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 two years postdoctoral experience.



3. (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.



4. (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.



5. (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.



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

    (A) Generally the answer is no - we would like to have a hardcopy of the application. In special circumstances we may accept an electronic version - inquiries should be addressed to rjf@rowland.harvard.edu .



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

    (A) Although we also generally prefer that the people sending your letters of reference do it via hard copy, we do accept electronic versions from them.



8. (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.



9. (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.



10. (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.



11. (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.