Rowland Fellows Program

The Rowland Fellowship in Energy Science & Engineering 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 the pursuit of new ideas and provide a flexible environment that enables changes in research directions as new ideas develop.

The number of Rowland Fellows will average two new appointments each year.  We seek the best young experimentalists in all areas of energy 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 Fellows is $72,000 per annum with increases based on years of experience beyond the Ph.D.

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


To Apply

The application process for the 2017 Rowland Fellowship position is currently closed.

The 2018 Rowland Fellowship recruitment process will reopen the summer of 2018. Please check back for new details as they become available.


The application deadline is August 18, 2017.

Applicants should click the link below which will take you to a website where you can submit your application materials. Besides answering some questions, you will be asked to submit a one-page research proposal/statement of research, and a two-page curriculum vitae (CV) along with the names and contact information for three referees who will provide letter of recommendation for you. When you complete your submission process, we will automatically send instructions to these referees about submitting their letters of recommendation. You do not have to complete your application in one sitting, and can log back in at a later time to make additions. Once completed you cannot revise your materials. If you do need to submit a revised version, please send an email and we will reactivate your account so you can submit the revised version.  






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


More about the Fellows Program



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


Answers to frequently asked questions.   Other questions about the program should be directed to  Download the Rowland Fellowship brochure and the poster.

rfbrochure2017.pdf9.08 MB
rjposter2017.pdf3.21 MB