Doctoral Fellows Program


SRC Doctoral Fellowship is a competitive one-year renewable program. The Fellowship is open to doctoral students from any discipline investigating questions related to science, religion and culture writ large.

The Fellowship provides doctoral students with an interdisciplinary stimulating research environment with a focus on professionalization, close mentorship and peer support. As members of the Science, Religion and Culture program, fellows have access to the program’s various facilities and structures, including dedicated writing and research spaces, printing and photocopying, stationary, as well as the program’s various research units, labs and working groups.

Doctoral Fellows are able to participate in a number of SRC activities:

  1. Writing Clinic: The Writing Clinic is a year-long program for doctoral fellows (maximum 3 fellows are enrolled at a time) in which they work on a peer-reviewed article under close supervision of the program faculty. The Writing Clinic meets once a month to discuss drafts from the outline stage through completion, submission and revisions en route to publications.

  2. Conference Caucus: The Conference Caucus meets once or twice a semester to workshop drafts of conference abstracts and conference presentations by doctoral fellows with the support of program faculty.

  3. Write-on-Site spaces: WoS spaces are available to all SRC fellows and affiliates. Fellows are able to attend a 3-hour writing session every Wed morning with other fellows and affiliates. The WoS spacetime is distraction-free and focused on achieving a particular writing goal (no matter how small) in the aforementioned three hour window. It allows scholars to dedicate uninterrupted writing time and maintain a writing routine. (Other times can be discussed with other fellows, and additional times can also be created)

  4. Working Groups: SRC boasts a number of working groups of a variety of topics. Fellows are invited to participate and contribute to the working groups that best match their expertise. You can find a detailed listing of our current working groups here. DFs are also invited to suggest new working groups that will allow them to work on or investigate particular questions or fields.

  5. Professionalization Pod: The Professionalization Pod meets twice a semester (in addition to other meetings if needed) to discuss the academic and non-academic job market and help DFs prepare timed plans for entering the job market as befits their work and discipline. PP participants also workshop CVs, dissertation summaries, cover letters and other components of a job or a major grant application. Moreover, PP organizes mock interviews and mock job talks for DFs. The Pod provides a space for creating and developing a consistent plan, profile and portfolio before entering the job market, and provides support throughout the process.

  6. Prospectus and Dissertation Writing Groups: These writing groups are held at the initiative of DFs to provide a space for workshopping drafts and outlines and for discussing dissertation chapters.



The Doctoral Fellowship is a residential fellowship. Fellows who are away can suspend their fellowship until they return. Fellows are expected to attend and contribute to SRC’s biweekly colloquium and to provide mentorship to peers and more junior members of the community.

All fellows are expected to attend and participate in the program’s annual symposium in May. Fellows post-prospectus are also expected to present their work at the Annual Symposium.


To Apply:

To apply, send the following materials to

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  2. Cover letter explaining your research project and your interests, and how you see the program contributing to your work. If appropriate, please identify specific working groups that you are interested in joining.

  3. Prospectus (if already completed. If it is not, please disregard)

  4. Writing sample

Review of applications starts on March 20, 2018. 


Note for incoming PhD students (G1 in 2018-19):

Please note that incoming Harvard PhD students are not required to submit a full application by the March 20th deadline. We will continue to accept applications from incoming PhD students until May 1st. In order to ensure full consideration, please mention your status as an incoming sudent in your letter.

Mafaz Al-Suwaidan

Coordinator, Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Working Group
Doctoral Fellow, 2018-present

Mitch Bacci

Coordinator, Middle East Science, Religion, and Culture Working Group
Doctoral Fellow, 2017-present
Doug Bafford

Doug Bafford

Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2019



Doug Bafford is a doctoral student in anthropology at Brandeis University. His research poses questions within the anthropology of religion, particularly how people negotiate alternative ways of knowing and how the religious sphere carries over into other dimensions of social life.... Read more about Doug Bafford

Juanita Becerra

Coordinator, Black, Brown, and Queer Science, Religion, and Culture Working Group, 2017-present
Coordinator, Undergraduate Fellows, 2018-2019
Doctoral Fellow, 2018-present
Khytie Brown

Khytie Brown

Doctoral Fellow, 2015-present
Coordinator, Ways of Knowing Annual Conference (2016)

Khytie Brown is a third year doctoral student in the department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in Religion. Her research emphasis is on religious expression and cultural production in the Caribbean and Afro-Antillean Panama, with particular attention to sensory epistemologies, disruptions of the sacred/profane binary, mediation, Afrophobia and the interplay between private religious discourses and public space.... Read more about Khytie Brown

Iman Darwish

Coordinator, Ways of Knowing Annual Conference, 2018
Doctoral Fellow, 2017-present
Kat Poje

Kat Poje

Grantwriter 2018-2019 (Grantwriter Intern, 2017-2018)
Doctoral Fellow, 2018-present
Junior Fellow (2016-2017; Junior Fellow II 2017-2018)

Kat Grace Poje is a first year MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School. She studies the triangulation of religion, storytelling, and power, with a particular focus on embodiment in a digital age.... Read more about Kat Poje

Gili Vidan

Grants Lead, 2017-present
Coordinator, Junior Fellowship (2017-2018) and Science Fiction, Religion, and Culture Working Group (2017-2018)
Doctoral Fellow, 2018-present

Che Yuen

Doctoral Fellow, 2018-present