Research Appointments and Affiliations

Divinity Hall

The Office of Academic Affairs administers unpaid appointments (of postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars) in cooperation with the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs, the HDS dean, and members of the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) faculty. The minimum stay permitted for any unpaid appointment at HDS is three months.

An unpaid term appointment at HDS as either a postdoctoral fellow or a visiting scholar requires an academic doctorate. The prospect of achieving the degree, even in the near future, does not count as fulfillment of this requirement. Those applying for a postdoctoral fellowship must submit a transcript that clearly indicates that the doctoral degree will have been received before the start of the appointment. 

Please submit completed applications by January 31 to:

Karin Grundler-Whitacre
Assistant Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs 
Harvard Divinity School
45 Francis Avenue, Andover 205
Cambridge, MA 02138

The Faculty Council will convene in February of each year to decide on the available positions for both postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars in the next academic year. 

Any HDS faculty who receive inquiries from colleagues about the possibility of spending a sabbatical or research leave at HDS should refer those colleagues to Karin Grundler-Whitacre, who will follow up with them and answer any procedural questions about applying for an appointment at HDS.

Please note that the Center for the Study of World Religions and the Women's Studies in Religion Program also offer the possibility of affiliation with HDS. Visit their websites for descriptions of their programs and for information on their application and eligibility requirements.

HDS Voices

John C. Whitehead
I came to Harvard to earn my MBA and was later drawn to HDS, through my devotion to Harvard’s broader agenda to serve society. I’ve supported the School ever since, and consider it to be one of my wisest investments. Whether building a company or performing relief work overseas, our young people serve and achieve more effectively with the kind of training in ethics and interfaith relations that HDS offers.
—John C. Whitehead, MBA ’47; HDS Dean’s Council member; former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs; former Deputy Secretary of State