Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University ($82,000 Salary)

Global Change Fellows are full-time employees of Harvard University with a salary of $83,000 per year, employee health insurance eligibility, and annual support of up to $10,000 for research, travel, initial relocation, and other professional expenses. Fellows are expected to be in full-time residence at the Arboretum during their 2-year tenure and are provided office and research space. Fellows can start as early as July 1 or as late as the beginning of September.

In addition to being a member of the Arnold Arboretum staff, Global Change Fellows are part of the Environmental Fellows cohort at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE). Fellows participate in the co-curricular Environmental Fellows program organized by HUCE. All fellows join in biweekly dinners along with Harvard faculty and a speaker from amongst the Harvard faculty.

Global Change Fellows are expected to engage fully in the Arboretum and HUCE communities.

Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship: Eligibility Criteria


Applications are sought from early-career individuals with a PhD in life sciences, plant biology, evolution, plant genetics, ecology, horticulture, or related discipline. Applicants must have their PhD when they initiate their term at the Arboretum. Applicants should be well positioned to conduct original, independent research and to publish their findings in peer-reviewed publications. We encourage applications from those under-represented in the sciences. Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, but applicants are expected to be fluent in English.

Selection Criteria

Project proposals are evaluated by the selection committee based on:

  • The range and depth of the applicant’s education and professional experience and their potential future contribution to scholarship.
  • The track record of the candidate as an independent researcher. The proposed project should represent an independent line of inquiry, extending beyond the PhD research of the applicant.
  • The overall quality of the applicant’s research proposal and the relevance of the proposed research with respect to how the resources of the Arnold Arboretum (for instance, the living collections, other organisms living on the grounds, the soils, water, or biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and carbon) would be utilized to address global change and environmental issues.
  • The nature and scope of the work, the approach and methods to be employed, the feasibility of the proposed effort with respect to the term of the fellowship, and how it would advance global change science.

A select group of applicants may be asked to further discuss their proposal over video with the selection committee.

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Application Information

Submit Application for Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship: Deadline January 11

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