Young Investigator Symposium


Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:30am to 12:30pm


Barker Center 114 (Kresge Foundation Room)

Young Investigator Symposium PosterThe Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Jena, Germany), announces an opportunity for recent and graduating seniors and Master’s students to participate in a Symposium scheduled at Harvard University on Saturday, October 29th, 2016. 

Students will have an opportunity to present cross-disciplinary research which utilizes modern scientific tools and knowledge to illuminate the history of humanity, and to network with other students and faculty members similarly engaged.  An interest in the Ancient Mediterranean is desirable but not indispensable.

For students coming from outside the Boston/Cambridge area for the October 29th Symposium, a limited number of awards of up to $500 to defray lodging and travel costs are available.  Students interested in applying for the Symposium should arrange to send a letter of application, along with an abstract of research to be presented, a CV, an academic transcript, and a letter of recommendation, to be submitted by October 20th at the latest to

New SoHP PhD Fellowship Opportunity

The Symposium will also present a new PhD Fellowship opportunity for the 2017-2018 academic year and beyond.  Through a collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Harvard is expecting to offer up to three 5-year fully-funded PhD fellowships for study and research on the science of the human past.  PhD degrees will be awarded through Harvard University, notably in the following departments:

• The Archaeology Program within the Anthropology Department
• History
• Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Candidates for the Fellowship will apply for admission to one of these Harvard University PhD Programs to be considered eligible for this full funding opportunity through the Max Planck-Harvard collaboration.  Applicants must specify their interest in the SoHP Fellowship Program at the top of the application, and must additionally send a copy of the application to, or via mail to:

Lisa Ransom Lubarr
Harvard University
Robinson Hall M-03
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA  02138

Inquiries can be sent to:


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