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John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship

      John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship

      John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship for visiting post-doctoral Fellows at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

      The John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, which is based in the Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University, was established as an endowment in 1965 with funds from the German Federal Government and German industry. Up to three Fellowships are granted each spring for residential research between September and June (10 months). Final selection is made by the Steering Committee of the CES.

      Please consult ces.fas.harvard.edu/ for more information on the Center for European Studies.
      Please consult ces.fas.harvard.edu/alumni/ for biographies of former J.F. Kennedy Memorial Fellows
      Please consult ces-berlin.fas.harvard.edu for the office of the Center for European Studies in Berlin.

      Purpose
      Since its establishment in 1966, the John F. Kennedy Fellowship has been extended on a competitive basis to post-doctoral German scholars in the process of writing the Habilitation or an equivalent research work. Applicants should indicate the preference of Harvard University for his/her research project. Fellows are expected to participate in the activities and programs of CES, and to interact with faculty, fellows, graduate students and staff. Applicants should be working on topics focusing on the United States and/or Europe.

      Eligibility Requirements
      - German citizenship
      -The applicant must have completed all requirements for the doctorate and be in possession of the degree at the time of application
      - Graduate of a German university (or a diploma equivalent to finishing a German university)
      - Excellent command of English
      - Maximum age of 40 (adjustments will be made for time spent in basic military or civil service, internships, work before beginning study at a university, and child rearing)
      - Graduates of Harvard College and Harvard University or recipients of residential fellowships are eligible to apply after seven years
      - Applicants who are currently living in the United States are not eligible
      - Preference is given to applicants who intend to have academic careers in Germany

      Fields of Research
      - Political Science
      - Contemporary History
      - Sociology
      - Political Economy
      - Economics and other Social Sciences

      Duration of Fellowship Program
      September 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 (10 months)

      Fellowship Amount
      - $50,000 for 10 months
      - $7,500 for each accompanying child (up to 3 children) for the entire duration of the program
      - The stipend amount will be paid monthly over a period of ten months. An extension to stay at the Center for up to two months is possible, but additional payments will not be provided
      - Up to $1,500 for travel costs related to research or participation in conferences
      - Roundtrip travel costs for the fellowship recipient and accompanying family members up to a maximum amount (covered by DAAD)
      - Health insurance, accident and liability insurance (covered by DAAD) for the Fellow only (family members may be included at their own expenses)

      Facilities
      - Each Kennedy Fellow will have a desk in an office at CES, sharing with one other visiting scholar
      - Fellows have access to telephone, fax, internet, email, printing, copying, and a library. Each office is equipped with direct access to the internet
      - Fellows and spouses may audit lectures and seminars within the University
      - There are no special housing facilities for the Kennedy Fellows.

      Application Deadline
      December 1, 2007

      Application Forms
      www.daad.de

      Selection Process
      - DAAD will invite selected candidates (finalists) for a personal interview in the first half of February; the Center for European Studies at Harvard University will make the final decision in April (provisional).


      The following application materials must be submitted in duplicate to DAAD by 1 December 2007.

      - DAAD application
      - Curriculum vitae (in English)
      - Research Proposal (in English)
      - two letters of reference from professor-rank scholars working in the same discipline. (The letters should thoroughly discuss the applicant’s professional qualifications and research proposal. The applicant can submit the letters in a sealed envelope with the application, or the referee can send them directly to DAAD, Department 315.
      - DAAD - certification of the applicant’s knowledge of English
      - Notarized copy of academic degrees (for example B.A., M.A.., Diplom, Ph.D.)

      Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please understand that DAAD cannot provide detailed information about the selection process.