Rowland Junior Fellows Program


The Rowland Junior Fellowship provides early career scientists with funding to establish an independent research program. This is an excellent opportunity to pursue new research ideas without the need for external funding, with full institutional support, access to the Institute's outstanding technical and scientific resources, and an opportunity to work in the rich intellectual environment at Harvard.

The Fellowship is an excellent springboard for young scientists because they can establish and build on their own research.  We encourage pursuit of new ideas and provide a flexible environment that enables changes in research directions as new ideas develop.

The number of Rowland Junior Fellows will 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.  We welcome applications from newly conferred doctorates as well as from candidates with postdoctoral experience.  The anticipated start date is during the 2018 calendar year.  The base stipend for Rowland Junior Fellows is $71,000 per annum with increases based on years of experience beyond the Ph.D.

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 anticipated application deadline will be in the summer of 2017. 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


rjfapplicationcoversheet2016.pdf29 KB
rjfbrochure2016.pdf516 KB
rjfposter2016.pdf204 KB