Democracy Doctoral Fellowships

The Ash Center awards several dissertation research fellowships to Harvard Kennedy School Ph.D. candidates or other Harvard University students in related fields.


Doctoral dissertation topics should fall within the parameters of the Center’s work on democratic governance. The Center particularly encourages applications from doctoral students writing about issues of democracy in “hard places”; citizen participation; government innovations at the regional and local level, and questions specific to South-East Asia. Candidates should have an excellent academic record and well-defined research objectives. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects have progressed beyond the conceptual stages of the research.


The fellowship will provide up to $30,000 annual stipend and work space at the Ash Center for two fellowships.

How to Apply

To apply for the 2016-2017 fellowship, please submit a two to three page explanation of the nature and current status of the dissertation, a resume, sample chapter(s) or other examples of professional writing, and the names of two faculty members who can be consulted as references. Email your proposal by October 1, 2015 to Juanne Zhao, Program Coordinator, Democratic Governance Program at the Ash Center (

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