Boston Area Research Initiative

Urban doctoral fellowsHIP

The Boston Area Research Initiative, in conjunction with the City of Boston offers semester-long, part-time graduate fellowships to doctoral students students working on data-intensive projects that can improve both public policy and scholarship about key urban issues. The fellowship, which is funded by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, is open to doctoral students from any school in the greater Boston area. 

From 2011 until 2014, BARI also provided support for the Radcliffe/Rappaport Summer Doctoral Fellows.  Students selected as doctoral fellows received a $7,000 stipend to work full-time in positions with the City of Boston or in other state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area. The doctoral students also joined the masters’ degree students who were Rappaport Summer Public Policy Fellows for weekly activities

Click here
for information about former urban doctoral fellows.
Click here for information about former Radcliffe/Rappaport Summer Doctoral Fellows.

Applying for the Urban Doctoral Fellowship

The fellowship will be offered again next spring but BARI is not currently accepting applications for it.

The fellowship is intended to support a doctoral student in research activities or a project that will become part of his or her dissertation.  The fellow will receive a semester-long stipend of $9,000.  Preference is given to students working on data-intensive projects that can improve both public policy and scholarship about key urban issues.  If appropriate, fellows will be able to spend a substantial portion of their time working directly with a municipal agency or department, or some other local organization.  Fellows working with new data or further developing existing data will be expected to make the data compatible for analysis with other Boston data sets and provide documentation about the data and how to access it via the BARI Data Library.

Applicants for the fellowship should email the following materials to Dan O’Brien, BARI’s Director of Research, at

  • A cover letter describing why the applicant is a good fit for the position, including the type of project he or she would like to pursue through the fellowship;
  • A current curriculum vitae; and
  • Contact information for the applicant’s current advisor(s).

Click here to read an article in Harvard Magazine that discussed work that former fellows presented at a poster session that was part of BARI's October 2011 symposium on Reimagining City University Connections.