In addition to the fellowships offered exclusively to HLS students, Harvard University offers a wide array of fellowships to students at any of its schools, many of which are taken by HLS students each year.
- Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellowships
- Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowships
- Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowships
- Harvard Human Rights Fellowship Program
- Program on Justice, Welfare, and Economics
- Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
- Center for European Studies at the Minda de Gunzburg Center
- David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
- Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
- Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
- Harvard-China Scholarship Programs
- Harvard University/Ecole Normale Superieure Fellowships
- Harvard University Clifford Augustus Tower Fellowship
- Harvard University Center for Public Leadership Fellowships
- Hauser Center Fellowship
- Zuckerman Fellows Program
- The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship
- The Harlech Scholarship
Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellowships provide purposeful travel, study and work opportunities outside of the U.S. for students who have completed at least a full year of graduate study at Harvard. The fellowship is primarily awarded to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, though in special cases a non-U.S. citizen may be eligible to use the fellowship outside of the student’s native country. The stipend is at least $24,000 for one full academic year. Application materials must be submitted for nomination to Judy Murciano, director of fellowships, OPIA. Contact OPIA for the deadline. Nominated candidates will proceed to the competition administered by the University Committee on General Fellowships (CGS).
Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowships: Candidates for Sheldon Fellowships must be enrolled at the time of their application for nomination and have already completed one full year of study at HLS with an expected commencement date within the academic year. The Sheldon is different from the Kennedy Fellowship in two ways: Sheldon places greater emphasis on how you might use the results of your public interest research or work to benefit others by publication or teaching; and, the $24,000 may be used for travel that includes the U.S. and enrollment in a university other than Harvard. The same application form for the Kennedy Fellowship may be used for the Sheldon and the Knox.
Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowships provide at least $24,000 for a full year of travel, work, or study abroad in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. Candidates must be enrolled at Harvard at the time of application and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The same application form and supporting materials must be submitted as those for the Kennedy and Sheldon Traveling Fellowships.
The Harvard Human Rights Fellowship Program supports six Human Rights Practice Fellowships for graduating Harvard students who have “demonstrated a commitment to human rights, community service, and social justice.” Each fellow will organize a year-long placement with a human rights organization, including NGOs, international, and governmental organizations. Fellows will receive a $24,000 stipend, plus medical insurance and travel expenses up to $30,000. Last year’s deadline was in February. For more information, consult www.humanrights.harvard.edu/fellowships.
Program on Justice, Welfare, and Economics (JWE) offers grants for Harvard graduate students (J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.) whose research relates to “ideas of freedom, equality, welfare, rights and justice” with priority toward interdisciplinary work. Last year’s due date was March 14. For more information, consult the JWE Fellowships webpage.
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) offers several fellowships that support students pursuing independent, graduate, and post-graduate research related to international affairs, public policy, economic and security concerns, as well as issues of current and past international and transnational significance. Stipends vary from $2,500-$30,000 as do the deadlines. Consult Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ website for detailed descriptions of these fellowships.
Center for European Studies (CES) at the Minda de Gunzburg Center offers term time and summer support for research and travel on an area of focus that may include “France, Germany, Spain, or Europe as a whole.” Stipends vary, but may not exceed $23,000. Last year’s deadline was in February. Please consult CES’s website, or call (617) 495-4303.
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) fellowships and grants support students engaged in research requiring travel or other financial support to work on concerns related to “Latin America, U.S. Latinos, the Caribbean and the Iberian peninsula.” Stipend amounts vary from approximately $1,400 to $17,000.
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies offers fellowships and grants for students working, studying or traveling in an area pertaining to Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia. Stipends vary.
Harvard-China Scholarship Programs enable Harvard students to study or conduct research for one academic year at one of over 80 universities in the People’s Republic of China. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Application forms provided by the Committee on General Scholarships (CGS).
Harvard University/Ecole Normale Superieure Fellowships support U.S. students who have completed at least one year at HLS and seek to spend a full year in France pursuing a project of interest. Candidates must be nominated by HLS before applying to the Committee on General scholarships. The stipend of $14,000 may be combined with the Ecole Normale Fellowship of $12,000. October deadline for nomination to CGS.
Harvard University Clifford Augustus Tower Fellowship is awarded to HLS students must hold a Harvard/Radcliffe B.A. and be nominated by the Law School to apply to the Committee on Graduate Fellowships CGS) for study and work in France. Applicants must have completed a full year of graduate study before applying. The stipend of $12,000 may be combined with the Ecole Normale Fellowship of $14,000. October deadline for nomination to CGS.
Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics hosts fellowships programs for HLS students, recent graduates, and faculty engaged in writing and research on topics in ethics. The fellowships provide a stipend, modest research allowance, and office space for an academic year. For further information, please contact the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (www.ethics.harvard.edu) or call (617) 495-1336.
Harvard University Center for Public Leadership Fellowships are awarded to University doctoral or advanced degree candidates who are engaged in scholarly work on “public leadership”. The stipend provides $26,000 for the year, plus computer access and an office. For further information, please contact Scott Webster at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government, www.ksg.harvard.edu/leadership, (617) 495-7573.
Hauser Center Fellowship is sponsored by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the Kennedy School of Government, the Scholarship provides a stipend of up to $18,000 for two years in residence to five doctoral or advanced degree candidates who are enrolled in any Harvard University program. The Fellowship is intended to encourage scholarship aimed at understanding and enhancing the contribution that the nonprofit sector can make to the definition and resolution of important public problems. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in any Harvard University advanced degree program and have completed their coursework and general examinations. They should be either writing a dissertation research proposal, or have an already approved prospectus in the nonprofit field by September of the year in which they hope to receive the award. Awards will be based on the excellence of the proposed research, the feasibility of completing the dissertation during the fellowship period, and on references supplied by the applicant. Application materials can be downloaded from www.ksg.harvard.edu/hauser. The Application and additional materials (a CV, research proposal, official transcripts, 1 or 2 writing samples and three graduate faculty references) are due to the Center at the end of January. For additional information on the Fellowship, please contact Sarah Alvord, Program Manager, at (617) 495-7576 or at email@example.com.
Zuckerman Fellows Program at Harvard University represents a new and innovative approach to preparing talented young people to engage in the public sector. Zuckerman Fellows will develop both a broad base of knowledge and a depth of perspective through intensive training in two professional disciplines, giving them exceptional promise as future leaders.
Candidates for the Zuckerman Fellows Program are individuals who have a graduate degree in business, law, or medicine who wish to earn an additional degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, or the Harvard School of Public Health. Students who are working toward a degree in business, law, or medicine and who wish to earn an additional degree at the Graduate School of Education, the Kennedy School of Government, or the School of Public Health are also eligible, including students applying for joint and concurrent programs.
Zuckerman Fellows will receive one year of tuition and health insurance fees at the Graduate School of Education, the Kennedy School of Government, or the School of Public Health, plus a stipend of $30,000 during their Fellowship year.
Zuckerman Fellows will be selected based on their leadership ability, intellectual and academic achievements, and commitment to public service over the course of their careers. For questions about the fellowship application, guidelines, or eligibility requirements of the Zuckerman Fellowship, please contact the Zuckerman Fellows Program Office at 617-496-5278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program is a key part of a broad initiative at Harvard to support students poised to become leaders in confronting some of the most difficult challenges of the public sector – particularly in the areas of education, public health, and government. The fellowship program will help bring a cadre of highly accomplished students to the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Convened by the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government, the students will also interact with accomplished faculty and esteemed practitioners in multiple disciplines across the University. The Center for Public Leadership provides a forum for students, scholars, and practitioners committed to the idea that effective public leadership is essential to the common good. It is dedicated to excellence in leadership education and research and equally committed to bridging the gap between leadership theory and practice.
As part of their course work, fellows will engage in practice-oriented research and internships, participate in a business plan competition to hone their skills at producing effective and efficient operating strategies, and devise plans for practical solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Find more information on the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation website.
The Harlech Scholarship, alternating year to year, is awarded to a Harvard student for one academic year of study at New College, Oxford or to a graduate of New College, Oxford for one academic year of study at Harvard. Harvard College seniors and Harvard graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply for consideration. The scholarship awarded to the Harvard student consists of an assured place at New College, Oxford (for which no separate application for admission is required), payment of tuition and required fees at New College, a stipend for living expenses, and round-trip airfare from Boston to London. The Harlech Scholarship is not renewable. Harvard applicants must be citizens of the U.S. Only unmarried applicants are considered. Harvard College seniors and Harvard graduate students apply for consideration directly through CGS.