Is the application online only? YES. Applicants must apply through the portal.
May I apply to both the School of Historical Studies and the School of Social Science? YES. Please consider whether you should apply to Historical Studies as well—or instead. Scholars whose research projects pertain to the Schools' overlapping fields, such as politics, history, and anthropology, are encouraged to apply to both programs.
May I apply to both Historical Studies and Social Science with one application? NO. The application systems and selection processes are entirely separate.
If I indicated on my School of Social Science application that I was also applying to the School of Historical Studies but did not do so, can I change my application accordingly? If not, can this be otherwise noted for the application review committee? NO. Once submitted, your application cannot be changed, nor can notes be made. Rest assured, however, that there is no impact on your application either way.
I would like to complete different parts of the application at different times. Is that possible? YES. Once you begin the application, you can save your progress and work at your own pace. However, once you submit the application, it cannot be reopened or changed.
May I update my application after I have submitted it? NO. You may save your work and progress through the application at your own pace. Once you have submitted the application you will no longer have access to it, and School staff cannot make changes for you.
I received a promotion after the application deadline. May I add it, or will you make a note of it on my application? NO. Once your application has been submitted, the information cannot be updated.
I completed my application but did not submit it before the deadline. Is it possible to submit after the deadline? NO. Please read the instructions closely and be sure submit your application before the deadline. Once the deadline has passed, School staff cannot override the system and submit on your behalf.
I am not sure whether I submitted my application. How can I check? You will receive an email confirmation when you submit your application. Also, you may log in to the application system to see whether your application is "submitted" or "in progress."
How do I submit my research statement, writing sample, and CV? The online application will guide through uploading your supporting materials.
May I provide my supporting documents via email? NO. All materials must be submitted within your online application.
I have a writing sample that is only 10 pages. May I submit additional samples that will total 50 pages? NO. Only one sample will be read. Any additional writing samples will be discarded.
Can I submit a co-authored writing sample? A solo piece is much preferred. The review committee can better evaluate a candidate's thinking and writing if the work is theirs alone.
All of my writing samples are in a language other than English. May I submit one of them? NO. All supporting materials must be in English. If you do not have any writing samples in English, we suggest you have one translated into English and submit the translation.
Does the writing sample have to be a published piece? NO. It is preferable but not required.
An article of mine was published after I submitted my application. May I add it? NO. While you are working on the application, you can save your progress and come back to it whenever you like, but once you have submitted your application it cannot be changed.
May I change the writing sample I uploaded to my application? If you have saved but not yet submitted your application, you can replace any of the supporting documents. Once you have submitted your application it cannot be changed.
Are there any style guidelines for the research statement (e.g., font size, single or double space, etc.)? Please use 1-inch margins and 12-point type; 1 1/2 or double spacing is preferred but single space is acceptable.
Does the four-page maximum for the research statement include bibliography? NO. The four-page allowance is for content. In addition, in a separate document, you may upload a bibliography of up to two pages. Step-by-step instructions are provided in the application.
Is there a page limit for the CV? NO.
Are letters of recommendation required or accepted? NO. In evaluating applications for Membership in the School, our focus is the quality of the project along with the applicant’s proven ability to undertake and complete it. We are also concerned with the fit of the project and approach with the nature of our School and (where relevant) with our annual theme. We believe our judgments are best made through careful study of the applicant’s project proposal, writing sample, and track record. While letters of recommendation have the potential to enhance this study, they also have the capacity to bias it. We are also alert to the uneven access of our applicants to distinguished scholars in their field for references, and to extreme variations in reference letter norms between the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Timeline and Notification
I have applied for the upcoming year. When should I expect to hear if I was selected to be a Member in the School of Social Science? Application results will most likely be communicated by mid-January, via email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants who have not received an email by the end of January should contact the School of Social Science at email@example.com.
I was notified that I am an alternate. When can I expect to learn whether I will be invited to be a Member? The School will promptly contact you via email regarding any updates in your status. Exact time varies year to year, but all candidates can expect to be notified of the final outcome of their application by the end of February.
I was not selected as a Member. May I reapply? YES. Candidates who are not invited to be a Member are welcome to apply in any future cycle. In fact, Members commonly report having applied in previous years before being selected.
My application was not selected. Are reviewer comments available? NO. Due to the quantity of applications, we are unable to provide comments on individual submissions.
If I am unable to accept the School's invitation, may I defer to the next academic year? NO. Deferrals are not possible, but you are welcome to re-apply.