Rowland Junior Fellows Program

The Rowland Junior Fellows are selected to perform independent experimental research for up to 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.  Fellows must have completed their doctoral degrees prior to starting their term. The Rowland Junior Fellowship provides an opportunity to work in the rich intellectual environment at Harvard while establishing an independent program.

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

To Apply

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


or mail to:

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

The next application deadline is August 12, 2016. The term of the fellowship is for up to 5 years with a flexible start date.  Questions about the program should be directed to

More about the Junior Fellows Program

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rjfbrochure2016.pdf453 KB
rjfposter2016.pdf193 KB

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    (A) The anticipated next deadline will be in Spring 2016.

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

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

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

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 decision time depends on the scheduling of the visits of the final candidates (which usually number 4 or  5) and the selection committee's process of evaluation. We anticipate a decision by early October.

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 similar to this year's.