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.
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.