The Rowland Institute at Harvard seeks the best young experimentalists in all fields of science and engineering. The Rowland Fellowship provides an opportunity to establish an independent program in the rich intellectual environment in Cambridge. Candidates will have newly awarded doctorates or up to one year postdoctoral experience.
Edwin Land founded the Rowland Institute of Science in 1982 to foster high-risk, creative research. In 2002, we became the Rowland Institute at Harvard when we joined the University with the mission of advancing the early careers of experimental scientists and engineers. In our founder’s tradition, we are particularly interested in supporting young scholars who have the potential to establish a ground-breaking research program in their chosen field.
The Rowland Fellowship provides a flexible and agile environment, fostering the pursuit of innovative research. The Fellowship provides funding for equipment, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students, and general operations. Staff scientists and engineers are available to work with the Rowland Fellows to design and fabricate new experimental set-ups. Shared research equipment are available at facilities within the Institute and throughout Harvard University. The Fellowship lasts up to five years, with a flexible start date, generally between July and September.
THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2022 ROWLAND FELLOWSHIP IS NOW CLOSED
2022 Rowland Fellowships:
- Our new Fellows arrive this Fall, and the application period is now closed.
2023 Rowland Fellowships:
- We will not be accepting applications for 2023 due to the pending move of the institute to the new lab space on campus.
2024 Rowland Fellowships:
- The applications cycle for 2024 will open in the summer of 2023 - periodically check this site for updates.
Typical outline for the Rowland Fellowship application process:
- Mid-August: Applicants apply through the link below, and submit the following materials:
- a Statement of Research (three page limit)
- a curriculum vitae
- and contact information for three or four references
- Mid-September: Initial candidates will be contacted to interview online.
Late September/October: Finalists will be invited to the Institute to
- Present their past and proposed work in a short symposium-style talk
- Interview with staff and current Rowland Fellows
- Late October/early November: Selection decisions are made and finalists are informed
Some notes about applications:
- Your application need not be completed and submitted in one sitting; you can log back in at a later time to make additions and changes.
- When your application is completed and submitted, instructions will automatically be sent to these referees about submitting their letter of recommendation.
- Once completed and submitted, you cannot revise your materials. If you do need to submit a revised version after submittal but before the deadline, please email email@example.com and we will reactivate your account so you can submit the revised version.
- The typical Rowland Fellow will have just completed a Ph.D. or have uo to one year postdoctoral experience.
- A Ph.D. is required by the time you start your fellowship at the Rowland, but it is very common that applicants do not yet actually have their Ph.D. at the time of the selection process.
- Your proposed research must be experimentally focused in any field of science or engineering. The program accepts applications from such a broad range of fields that the research conducted by current and past Fellows can be used as a guide, but should not be restrictive! We choose Fellows based on the best proposed science at the time of submission.
- Candidates can apply from any accredited academic institution whether in the United States or internationally.
- US Citizens and non-citizens are eligible for appointment as Rowland Fellows. If needed, the staff at the Rowland Institute and Harvard University will assist you in the visa process.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
Dr. Michael Burns
Rowland Fellows Program
Rowland Institute at Harvard
100 Edwin Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02142
- Frequently asked questions about the RF program.
- A list of current Rowland Fellows.
- A list of Rowland Fellow Alumni.
- Our Director's page.
The Rowland Institute at Harvard EEO statement: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.