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Kuwait Researcher Program Harvard

The Harvard Kennedy School hosts visiting Kuwaiti academics for one semester as they work on contemporary policy issues relevant to political science, economics, sociology and public policy for the Kuwait Researcher Position. These academics, ranging from the postdoctoral to senior level, are expected to conduct either a research project preferably with a Harvard Kennedy School faculty member to conclude in a 25-30 page working paper, or lead a not-for-credit study group on a topic relevant to policy and development in the Middle East and North Africa.

Priority will be given to applications focused on economic development, political reform and energy policy in the Gulf.

  • Economic development in the Gulf: economic development and structural diversification, building a stronger private sector, attracting foreign investment and managing civil risks.
  • Political reform in the Gulf: regulatory and legal reform, strategic planning and crisis analysis/control and Arab political reform.
  • Energy policy in the Gulf: externality impacts of energy development, renewable options

Kuwait Researchers are expected to be in residence for the duration of the program, to participate in Middle East Initiative activities and to engage with students and faculty. The program will provide the Kuwait Researcher $5,000 per month in addition to a housing allowance.

This program is made possible through funding from the Kuwait Program at Harvard Kennedy School.

For more information regarding the program and application process, please click here.

Please submit inquiries to the Middle East Initiative by e-mail at: