Kuwait Researcher program

The Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School is now accepting applications for the Spring 2019 Kuwait Researcher Position. The application deadline is September 2, 2018.


As part of the Kuwait Program at Harvard Kennedy School, the Middle East Initiative hosts academics from Kuwait ranging from the postdoctoral to senior level for up to one semester. All visiting researchers are expected to either conduct 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. Scholars working on contemporary issues of policy relevance in the fields of political science, economics, sociology, and public policy are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these primary areas of focus:

  • 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; Arab political reform
  • ENERGY POLICY: 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. All application materials must be submitted in PDF format through the off icial application portal by 11:59pm EST on September 2, 2018. For more information regarding the program and application process, please visit: www.hks.harvard.edu/middleeast.


Please submit inquiries to the Middle East Initiative by e-mail at: Middle_East_Initiative@hks.harvard.edu

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