Graduate Writing Fellow Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences United States

Graduate Writing Fellow



Title       Graduate Writing Fellow

School   Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area           Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Position Description       


The Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) seeks to provide GSAS students with the means to enhance the clarity and depth of their written and oral communications. The Center offers individual consultations, peer review groups, dedicated writing space, workshops, and other programming to support registered GSAS students at all stages of their careers.

While we will accept applications from individuals with PhDs in the Social Sciences and Humanities, we are especially seeking individuals PhDs in the Natural Sciences with impeccable communication skills who can contribute to the programming of the Center by assisting students with writing and communication projects, primarily through individual consultations. Fellows will also work with faculty and administrators in their area of expertise for students, and create innovative programming in the form of events and workshops.

Basic Qualifications         


Applicants must have already successfully defended their doctoral dissertations in order to be considered for the position.

Strong written and oral communications skills, and demonstrable success in writing, publishing, and presenting academic work. Experience in advising, teaching, and providing feedback.

Additional Qualifications              


Expertise in English as a second language and working with non-native English speakers is desirable. ELS certification and experience is a plus for candidates. Ability to build relationships with students and connect discipline-specific communication to graduate students’ academic and career goals. Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and administrators in delivering academic support programs. Excellent organization skills and ability to plan and prioritize tasks and projects. Flexibility, openness to innovative pedagogy, and responsiveness to student needs. Strong service-oriented individual.

Special Instructions        


This is a postdoctoral fellowship with annual renewal for a maximum of two years.


Fellows must be in residence in the Boston area for the year. Fellows will be responsible for attending regular training and planning sessions throughout the year. To be considered for the position, please send your applications by 11:59 pm on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Late applications will not be accepted).


The following documents are required:

(i) a cover letter describing your qualifications, reasons for your interest in the position, and long-term goals (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) names and contact information for three individuals who will serve as references, and (iv) a research article of no more than 25 double-spaced pages in 12pt font with one inch margins.

Contact Information      


Sarine Der Kaloustian

Assistant Director of Administration

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 350

Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer      


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required         3

Maximum Number of References Allowed          3

Supplemental Questions


Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


Applicant Documents

Required Documents


    Curriculum Vitae

    Cover Letter

    Writing Sample 1

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