FAQs 2019-20 Postdoc Program

Q: Do I need to submit a cover letter?

A: No.

Q: Should I identify particular faculty with whom I would like to work?

A: No; the program director will select appropriate mentors.

Q: Should I reach out to any of the faculty affiliated with the initiative to discuss my application? 

A: No; due to the volume of applicants, faculty cannot meet with anyone during the application process.

Q: Does the work I propose to do have to be related to inequality in America specifically, or may I propose to study inequality globally, or in another country?

A: Because the focus of the initiative is inequality in America, your proposed research must address that topic. However, cross-cultural comparative research will be considered, as will research on American inequality within a global context. 

Q: Why do you encourage applicants to submit their applications by November 19th when the deadline is December 3rd? 

A: If you do not use Interfolio to attach your letters of recommendation, your referees will be contacted and asked to upload their letters only once you have submitted your application. If you wait until December 3rd to press the "submit" button, your referees will not be contacted in time.

Q: Do you accept applications from foreign nationals?

A: Yes. While any appointment at Harvard is contingent upon obtaining appropriate visa status, and the US government is the final arbiter of all immigration-related cases, the Harvard International Office (HIO), as regulations permit, is available to help individuals obtain temporary visa status to work at Harvard.