Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the CMES Visiting Researcher program.

How to Apply

Before You Apply, Please Note

  • STEP ONE (Important): All applicants need to obtain an XID from the Harvard system:  The XID takes approximately one hour to “activate”; applicants should allow time for this activation step. The link to obtain an XID as a non-Harvard applicant is available on the front page of the CARAT system: Applicants can complete the application only once an XID is issued to them.
  • You must contact one of the approved faculty sponsors from this list  and secure his/her willingness to sponsor your appointment. 
  • CMES visiting researcher positions are unpaid academic appointments and are made for a minimum of three months and a maximum of 12 months.
  • Individuals may hold an appointment for 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 when determining eligibility for renewal.

A complete CMES Visiting Researcher application includes:

  • Application Form (link above)
  • CV
  • Research proposal
  • Written sample of your research
  • Two letters of recommendation

Other Information about Applications and Academic Appointments

The submitted application materials are reviewed by the CMES Steering Committee members. Applicants will be contacted with a decision by the end of March.

Academic appointments are not final until they have been approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Governing Boards of the University.