Affiliation Distinctions

CMES offers two affiliation categories for Visiting Researchers: Visiting Scholar and Fellow. If you would like to apply to the program, please review the affiliation descriptions below. Please be sure to read about the Application Process before beginning your application.

Please note: CMES Visiting Researcher positions are unpaid academic appointments.

Visiting Scholar

Eligible applicants are ordinarily ladder faculty members from another institution on paid leave to carry out her/his own work in association with one or more CMES faculty affiliates or research associates. Individuals may hold this annual appointment for no less than three months and no more than two consecutive years, pending renewal by the CMES Steering Committee. Part-time appointments or non-consecutive appointments for a fraction of a year will ordinarily count as a one-year appointment in determining eligibility for renewal.

Fellow

CMES holds a very small number of Visiting Researcher positions for Fellows. Generally, persons holding a doctoral degree (or its equivalent), or those with comparable professional experience, may apply for Fellow status. This status is also open to advanced doctoral candidates who have completed all required course work and would like to pursue dissertation research at Harvard. The appointment is made to enable the nominee to engage in individual research opportunities under the general supervision of one or more CMES faculty affiliates or research associates. Individuals may hold this annual appointment for no less than three months and no more than two consecutive years, pending renewal by the CMES Steering Committee. Part-time appointments or non-consecutive appointments for a fraction of a year will ordinarily count as a one-year appointment in determining eligibility for renewal.

Postdoctoral Fellow

This appointment is made to enable the individual to continue his or her research under the general supervision of one or more Harvard faculty members. To hold an appointment at this rank, the candidate must have received a doctoral degree at the time of appointment. Ordinarily, the candidate will have earned a doctorate recently. The appointment is made for a minimum of three months and is not to exceed 12 months. Individuals may ordinarily serve in this category, whether full- or part-time, for a maximum of three years. The candidate must have external funding that meets the salary minimum requirement of $47,476. Personal funds may not be used (in full or in part) to meet this requirement.

GSAS Special Student Status

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) arranges Special Student status to those who apply and are qualified. Special Students bring a broad range of experience and backgrounds to Harvard and their reasons for participating are similarly varied. Some students wish to strengthen their academic background before applying to graduate degree programs; others wish to change the focus of their studies and choose Special Student status as an opportunity to explore new disciplines. Special Student status is also appropriate for individuals seeking personal enrichment or career advancement.

Special Student status is arranged through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Special Student Program, not CMES. For further information and to apply, please consult the GSAS Special Students Program site.