CGBC Fellowship Program




The Green Buildings and Cities Post Doctoral Fellows Program brings together talented researchers whose interests converge around the topic of green buildings and cities. The Program reflects CGBC’s multidisciplinary and applied approach, where disciplines can influence and benefit from one another, and where research activities are intended to inform scholarly pursuits and industry practices alike. While housed within the CGBC, the team of Fellows benefit from strong ties to other Harvard Schools through CGBC’s Faculty Advisory Board members and affiliated Centers. CGBC Advisory Board members act as advisers to the Fellows, connecting them to their respective research teams and communities.

During their two-year appointment, the Fellows are welcome to participate in related events and programs across Harvard, and to forge partnerships with peer researchers from other Harvard Centers and Schools.

“Harvard CGBC’s goal is to advance cross-disciplinary research around green buildings and cities. The Program will act as a hub for talented scholars who will have an opportunity to apply their unique academic and professional experience to solving the most challenging and urgent research problems of our times. Their research findings will reach far beyond the academia, by influencing practitioners in the building industry, business and government.”

—Ali Malkawi, CGBC Director

2015 Applications are now open. Apply now to join CGBC’s research team in September 2015.



The Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $65,000, eligibility for health insurance, a $2,000 annual allowance for travel and professional expenses, and other employee benefits.

We expect to award 5-6 two-year fellowships for 2015, for scholars from Harvard or other academic institutions. All fellows will be integrated into the CGBC’s ongoing research team through bi-weekly “Research & Innovation” talks, monthly team meetings and programmatic offerings, including seminars and conferences.


Selection Criteria

  • Applicant’s prior academic and professional experience
  • Project significance: the potential practical and academic impact of the research project
  • Diversity: Each year, the selection committee will select a group of fellows who will complement CGBC’s ongoing research team of research associates, postdoctoral and visiting fellows, whose work and interests span across CGBC’s four core research dimensions of modeling, materials, economic/social and urban scales. Recipients may include people with degrees in the sciences, economics, policy and government, public health, design and planning.
  • Interdisciplinary research projects are encouraged, although this is not a requirement for the fellowship. Candidates with interests in a single discipline are encouraged to apply.



  • Candidates for 2015 Green Building and Cities Fellowships should have received their terminal degree between May 2011 and August 2015. (Fellows must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment in September 2015.)
  • Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline. Applicants without a Ph.D. may apply if they have studied in fields where the Ph.D. is not the typical terminal degree. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research.
  • Harvard is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The Center strongly encourages women and minorities to apply.
  • Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, though research at Harvard requires proficiency in English.
  • Candidates who received terminal degrees from Harvard, and post-docs currently working at Harvard are eligible for the fellowship provided their research take them in new directions and forge new connections within the University.
  • Successful candidates should be prepared to commit to work at Harvard for the full two years of the fellowship. This fellowship requires residency in the Cambridge area and any fieldwork trip must be scheduled for the summer or January recess. CGBC Fellowships are full time, Monday through Friday, and eligible for 20 vacation days per year.

Please email Gosia Sklodowska, the CGBC Associate Director, with any questions regarding the Fellowship program: