Information & Application

To apply for a Visiting Fellowship for 2020–2021, please submit the following materials via the online application form by January 31, 2020:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a recent publication or a writing sample (approximately 25 pages in length). All publications or writing samples should be in English.
  • a research statement, not to exceed 1000 words, that: 1) describes the proposed work during the fellowship period (the proposal should outline a specific research project that can be accomplished during the Fellow’s residence at Harvard Law School); and 2) sets forth a specific work output for the completed project (e.g., book, article, etc.).

You also will be asked to arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted directly by your referees via our online portal by January 31, 2020. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants may expect emailed notification of Fellowship decisions in mid-February.

Additional Information

Funding and Facilities

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month. The Animal Law & Policy Program also will pay the monthly Law School appointment fee for the duration of a Fellow’s stay at the Program, which will ensure, among other things, access to all Harvard University libraries, access to University recreational facilities (for a nominal fee), an email account at the Law School, membership in the Faculty Club, and free admission to University museums. Visiting Fellows will receive office space at the Animal Law & Policy Program, which may be shared with one or more Fellows.

Terms of Appointment

Fellowship terms are variable, from a minimum of three months to a maximum of one academic year.

Residence Requirements

With exceptions for a limited amount of personal and professional travel, Visiting Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Animal Law & Policy Program throughout the term of their appointment in order to foster an intellectual community, share ideas, and contribute to Program projects and events.


The Animal Law & Policy Program does not provide housing. No housing should be expected in University apartments or dormitory rooms, for which Harvard faculty and students have priority. Accepted fellows are encouraged to seek outside housing several months before arriving in Cambridge, preferably in person. There is information on housing on the Harvard International Office website.

Health Insurance

All Visiting Fellows must show proof of having adequate health insurance. Those who do not already possess such insurance can access information on obtaining Harvard Affiliate Health Insurance at the Harvard University Health Services website. A less expensive plan, available by the month, has been negotiated by Harvard’s International Office for international scholars.

Faculty Club

Fellows are allowed access to the Harvard Faculty Club. The Club serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday.


Fellows may take advantage of a wealth of cultural and academic extra-curricular offerings available to the Harvard community on a daily basis. Fellows should come prepared to share their professional experience and expertise, and will have opportunities to meet other scholars through functions organized by numerous groups and programs at Harvard Law School and other parts of the University.

Other Details

Fellows do not have faculty status. Appointment as a Fellow does not entitle the individual to participation in any Harvard degree program.

For any questions or for further information, please address queries to Ceallaigh Reddy, Animal Law & Policy Program Administrator, at or +1.617.496.5145.