Scholarship Opportunity: Charles Bullard Fellowship for Forestry and Forest-related Subjects

Scholarship Description:

The Charles Bullard Fellowship program supports exceptional individuals in their advanced research and study endeavors, aiming to make significant contributions as scholars or administrators in the fields of forestry and forest-related subjects. These subjects encompass areas such as biology, earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, philosophy, humanities, the arts, and law.

This highly competitive fellowship program admits only 5 to 7 recipients each year from a large pool of applicants. You can view the list of past fellowship recipients or learn more about this year’s Bullard Fellows.

Applications for fellowship opportunities in 2023-2024 are open from August 1 to October 1

Before applying, please review the following sections (scroll down the page to see them):

1. Qualifications
2. Fellowship Scope
3. Program Affiliations
4. Stipends
5. Duration
6. Application Procedure
7. Fellowship Location
8. Taxes
9. Health Insurance
10. International Fellows
11. Accepted Bullard Login
12. Harvard’s COVID Vaccination Requirement

To apply online, click the “Apply Online” button.


Bullard Fellowships are generally awarded to individuals in mid-career who have established themselves in academia, public service, or the private sector. While preference is typically given to holders of doctoral degrees in academic careers, others with projects demonstrating the potential for important contributions to forestry and forest studies will also be considered. The committee primarily evaluates applicants based on the quality of their professional accomplishments, academic record, and the potential benefits they can derive from interacting with the Harvard Forest community and its institutional resources.

Please note: This fellowship is not intended for recent PhD graduates; they are generally not suitable candidates for a Bullard Fellowship.

Fellowship Scope:

The research areas covered by the fellowship include forest ecology, tree physiology, soil biogeochemistry and microbial ecology, forest resource management, conservation and biodiversity, land use planning, public policy, and occasionally, the arts and environmental humanities. It is important for proposals in the arts and humanities to demonstrate a strong connection to research conducted at Harvard Forest.

Program Affiliations:

The Bullard Fellowship program aims to enhance research activities at Harvard Forest and foster long-term collaborations that connect Harvard Forest with other parts of the University. Fellows can be based at the Harvard Forest or associated with other departments and centers at Harvard University. Potential fellows are encouraged to establish contact with relevant Harvard collaborators well in advance of the application deadline.

Previous fellows have collaborated with researchers and faculty at:

– Harvard Forest, Petersham
– Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain
– Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
– Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
– Harvard Business School
– Harvard Graduate School of Design
– Harvard Kennedy School of Government
– Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE)
– or a combination of these research institutions


The Bullard Fellowships offer stipends of up to $60,000, with the exact amount depending on the duration of the fellowship. Fellows can choose to receive the stipend directly or have it paid to their employer. The stipend generally serves as supplementary income during the period devoted to research, such as sabbatical leave for individuals in academia, appointments with federal support for training in the public sector, or educational leave with pay for those in the private sector. The fellowships do not provide significant funds for original research.

For information on costs, please refer to the following sections: Fellowship Location, Taxes, Travel Reimbursement, Supplies Budget, Health Insurance, and International Fellows.

Travel Reimbursement:

All Bullard Fellows will be reimbursed for the costs of one round trip between their fellowship site location and their home base. The

reimbursement will be either the actual airfare or mileage (at the rate determined by the IRS), whichever is lower. Bullards are responsible for the travel costs of any accompanying individuals.

Supplies Budget:

Each Fellow award includes $500 in support for related supplies for their Bullard Fellowship activities.


Fellowships may commence at any time after September 1. The typical duration of a fellowship is 6 to 12 months.

The application requires:

– A completed web-based application form
– Contact information for 3 references who can provide insights into the applicant’s proposed program and their personal and professional qualifications to carry it out. Recommenders should submit their recommendation letters for the 2023-2024 program via the secure online application system by October 15, 2022 (with a 2-week grace period post-deadline).
– A research statement describing the applicant’s professional career to date, proposing a research program at Harvard, and evaluating this program’s potential contribution to the applicant’s future professional career (a maximum of 5 single-spaced pages is requested).
– CV (no more than 5 pages) including details of colleges and universities attended, dates of attendance and degrees received, professional positions held since graduation, academic prizes and honors, significant publications, and education/outreach activities. Artists should provide a link to an online portfolio of their work.

Deadline: Applications for the 2023-2024 program must be completed with accompanying documentation by October 1, 2022, at 5 pm EST. References are accepted until midnight EST on October 15. Successful candidates will be notified on or before December 1.

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Fellowship Location:

The Bullard Fellowship is a residential program, and fellows are expected to spend a significant portion of their fellowship at either Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, or at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fellows planning to travel extensively during their fellowship should include details in their application.

Fellows based at Harvard Forest will have various resources available to support their fellowship projects, including research resources, housing options, and local transportation requirements. Petersham also offers numerous resources for its residents.

Fellows based in Cambridge need to make arrangements with their proposed collaborators for access to suitable office and/or lab space. Cost considerations should include research support costs and housing expenses. Housing options near Harvard’s Cambridge campus can be found at


Bullard Fellows are not considered employees of the University and do not receive fringe benefits. U.S. citizens are responsible for making their own arrangements to pay income taxes via quarterly payments to the IRS. International Bullards (on J visas) may have income tax withheld up to 14% of their stipends, unless a tax treaty between their home country and the U.S. reduces or waives this requirement. For more information, consult the Harvard Office of Controller.

Health Insurance:

Massachusetts state law mandates that all residents have health insurance. Therefore, Bullards without insurance may consider purchasing health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector or explore insurance plans outside of Harvard. The cost and suitability of insurance can vary based on individual circumstances. All insurance expenses are the responsibility of the Bullard Fellow.

International Fellows:

International researchers applying for a Bullard Fellowship have additional considerations, including the visa process, logistics, and financial implications. It is advised that all potential international Bullards consult the Harvard International Office website ( for information on visa policies, taxes, health insurance, and other relevant topics.

Specific costs for international scholars vary depending on the fellowship duration and may include visas, income taxes, health insurance, and travel expenses for families relocating to the United States.

Degree Level:

The Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research offers a funding amount of $60,000 for the year 2023. The fellowship is available for individuals pursuing fellowship-level programs at Harvard University.

Available Subjects:

The scholarship program covers various subjects related to forestry.

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