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Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research

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Forest RoadThe Charles Bullard fellowship program supports advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects including biology, earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, philosophy, humanities, the arts, or law.

The fellowship is a highly competitive program that only accepts 5 to 7 recipients a year from a large applicant pool. View the listing of 1962 - 2013 fellowship recipients or learn more about this year's Bullard Fellows.

Applications will be accepted beginning September 1, 2013 for Fellowships during 2014-2015.

The application deadline is February 1 in any given year:
References will be accepted through February 4th.
Before applying, please review the following:

Qualifications

Bullard Fellowships are generally awarded to individuals in mid-career who have established themselves in academia, public service, or in the private sector. For those in academic careers, preference is ordinarily given to holders of doctoral degrees, but others whose projects show promise of important contributions to forestry and forest studies, broadly defined, will be considered in terms of the likelihood that study and research at Harvard will help fulfill this promise. Judgments of the Committee are based primarily on the quality of the applicant's professional accomplishments, academic record, and potential benefits from interaction with the Harvard community and its institutional resources. Please note: This is not a post-doctoral program; recent PhD graduates are generally not appropriate candidates for a Bullard Fellowship.

Fellowship Scope

The Fellowship program may make available to qualified individuals a wide range of opportunities for research in the several divisions of Harvard University; this is its unique and greatest virtue. Research areas include, for example, forest ecology, tree physiology, forest soils, forest resource management, conservation and biodiversity issues, environmental policy, industrial ecological issues and management processes, forest land planning and public policy.

Program Affiliations

Harvard Forest Aerial Photo 1985Potential fellows are responsible for contacting and making arrangements with appropriate Harvard collaborators, if required for their fellowship. View a list of former Bullard recipients and their areas of study.  Previous Fellows have collaborated with researchers and faculty at:

Stipends

The Fellowships carry stipends up to $40,000 or more if necessary; the amount of each award depends on the professional status and needs of the recipient and the duration of the Fellowship. Fellows have the option of having the award paid either to themselves or to the Fellow's employer.

In most cases, the stipend will supplement income received for devoting a period to research, e.g., sabbatical leave pay for an individual in academic life, appointments with federal support for training of individuals in federal public service, or educational leave with pay for individuals in the private sector.

In preparing your stipend request, please consider the information regarding costs discussed in the following sections: Fellowship Location, Taxes, Travel Reimbursement, Supplies Budget, Health Insurance and International Fellows.

Travel Reimbursement:

All Bullard Fellows will be reimbursed for the costs of one round trip travel between their Fellowship site location and their home base. Reimbursement will be either the actual airfare or mileage (at rate determined by the IRS) between the two, which ever one is lower. Bullards are responsible for the travel costs of any people accompanying them.

Supplies Budget

Each fellow is allocated up to $500 in support for related supplies of their Bullard Fellowship Activities.

Duration

Fellowships may start at any time after September 1 and must be between 6 and 12 months in duration.

To Apply:

The on-line application requires:

  • Personal Data Sheet; Note: The site is a secured site.
  • Letters of recommendations from 3 Referees providing a perspective of the applicant's proposed program and his/her personal and professional qualifications for carrying it out. Applicants will need to provide the 3 referees' names and contact information on-line.

    PLEASE NOTE: The FIRST TIME you have entered a referee's email address and press either SAVE OR SUBMIT your application, an email will be automatically sent to the referee with instructions on how to submit the reference on-line. While applicants are welcome to wait to submit their applications until Feb. 1, it is strongly recommended that an initial application with the 3 referees' email addresses be SAVED as soon as possible to allow the referee time to complete his or her part by Feb. 4, the deadline for reference submissions.
  • A statement describing the applicant's professional career to date, proposing a research program at Harvard and evaluating this program in terms of its potential contribution to the applicant's future professional career (5 page maximum is requested).
  • Financial support requested from the Bullard Fund; other support expected, including sabbatical year pay, other educational leave with pay, and research support. Express in U.S. dollars.
  • 2 page CV including
    • Colleges and universities; dates of attendance and degrees received
    • Professional positions held since graduating college
    • Academic prizes and honors, if any
    • List of up to 10 most significant books, articles, reports, etc.


Deadline: Applications must be completed by February 1 at 5 pm EST. Referee statements are accepted until Feb 4. Successful candidates are notified around April 1. Fellowships may begin after September 1 of any given year.

For additional information: e-mail hfapps@fas.harvard.edu.

Fellowship Location

The Bullard Fellowship is a residential program and Fellows are expected to spend a substantial portion of their Fellowship based at either Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts or at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bullards who expect to spend more than a week or two traveling during their Fellowship should include details in their application.Petersham Common

  • Fellows based at Harvard Forest will have a variety of resources available to assist with their Fellowship projects:
    • Research Resources: weekly seminars and lab groups (September - April), computer lab/printers, library, archives, LTER Annual symposium (April), office space, local telephone service and basic office supplies at no cost.
    • Housing: The Forest has furnished housing available for Bullards for $550-$1,200 per month for 1 to 5 bedroom units.
    • Local Transportation: Harvard Forest is located in a rural area. As there is no local public transportation, Bullards must have their own vehicle for transportation. The costs of obtaining a vehicle will include insurance ($750-$1,500 annually); purchase of the vehicle ($1,000-$5,000+) as well as maintenance and gas. Bullards are responsible for purchasing their own vehicle.
  • Fellows based in Cambridge will need to make arrangements with their proposed collaborators for access to an appropriate office and/or lab space. Cost considerations should include research support costs (e.g. photocopying, office telephone, fax, office supplies, travel, lab/research/field supplies) and housing ($1,500-3,000/month, based upon size and location of unit ).

Taxes

Bullard Fellows are not considered employees of the University and receive no benefits. For U.S. Citizens, taxes are not withheld by HU. Instead, Bullards are expected to make their own arrangements to pay income taxes via quarterly payments to the IRS.

International Bullards should note that HU will withhold an income tax up to 14% of their stipends unless there is a tax treaty between their home country and the US which reduces or waives this requirement.

Health Insurance

Bullards may wish to purchase health insurance through the University's Program for Students and Affiliates. Insurance purchased through Harvard University can cost between $2,000 - $4,000 for a year for a Fellow and up to $12,000 for a family. International Bullards are required to have health insurance coverage as a condition of their visa.

International Fellows

International researchers have additional considerations when applying for a Bullard Fellowship, such as the visa process, logistics, and financial implications. All potential international Bullards should consult the Harvard International Office web site (www.hio.harvard.edu), which includes information about visa policies, taxes and health insurance, as well as other helpful topics.

Costs specific to international scholars vary with the length of the fellowship but include visas (up to $1,500 per person), up to 14% income taxes, health insurance (~$2,000/6 months for an individual, or ~$6,000/6 months for a family of 3 or more), and the travel to the United States for their families. International scholars are required to have health insurance coverage for themselves and members of their family as a condition of their visa.