Research Associates

Each year, the WSRP hosts five full-time research associate/visiting faculty positions. Scholars whose applications are accepted spend the year teaching at HDS and working on book-length research projects using both religion and gender as central categories of analysis. They may address women and religion in any time, place, or religious tradition, and may use disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the fields of theology, the humanities, and the social sciences.


Research associates are required to be in full-time residence at Harvard Divinity School while carrying out their proposed research projects during the academic year. Associates meet together regularly for collective discussion of research in progress. Each associate teaches a one-semester course related to the research project, and the associates present their research in a public lecture series and in an annual conference.


Positions are open to candidates with doctorates in the fields of religion and to those with primary competence in other humanities, social science, and public policy fields who demonstrate a serious interest in religion and hold appropriate degrees in those fields. Selection criteria emphasize the quality of the applicant's research prospectus, outlining objectives and methods; its fit with the Program's research priorities; the significance of the contribution of the proposed research to the study of religion, gender, and to its field; and an agreement to produce a publishable piece of work. Applications from those whose degrees have not yet been awarded will not be considered.


Salary for 2022–23 is $60,000. The appointment is full-time, lasting ten months, and includes health benefits and reimbursement of some expenses.