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Michael C. Rockefeller Traveling Fellowship ...................................(Tuesday, October 11, 12 noon)

The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship, a post-graduate, year-long experience, was founded in 1965 by the family and close friends of Michael Rockefeller ’60, who died during an expedition to study a remote agricultural community in New Guinea. Michael had a zest for exploration—for new ideas, places, and people. His sense of adventure, combined with his sensitivity and goodwill made him an extraordinary friend to many. It was a natural choice to keep his memory alive through a fellowship that would affirm these same qualities in other young men and women. The Fellowship would enable them to seek, as Michael did, a deeper understanding of our common human experience and their part in it, through the respectful exploration of a different culture.

Over the past years, over 200 Rockefeller Fellows have traversed the globe and encountered the wonder and challenge of living and participating in communities very different from those they have known. In so doing, they have carried out the intention of the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship to provide a year of purposeful postgraduate immersion in a foreign culture for individuals at critical stages in their development who feel a compelling need for new and broadening experiences.

"The primary purpose of the Fellowship is the development of an individual’s understanding of himself and his world through involvement with people of a culture not his own. It is intended that the holder of the Fellowship will use it to heighten his awareness of and sensitivity to the people of such a culture and will thereby broaden and deepen the reach of his mind and further discover and clarify the purpose for his life. His involvement with the people in the culture of his choice should be through travel, study, field work, and adventure.

"The main portion of the individual’s time should be spent in more intensive and more personal involvement with the people of the culture in which he is traveling or residing than normal tourist travel would entail. Also, as a general rule, the year’s experience should not be primarily one of academic study in an academic environment. Scholarly study should not be pursued at or in a university or college unless it is clearly preparatory or supplementary to a major activity. The year provided by the Fellowship should not be spent in the practice or furtherance of a professional career or deliberately used to begin work that the individual intends to make a lifetime work. The year should be planned with the idea of exploration, challenge, and new discovery.

"In the course of his travel and work, each individual should engage in serious reflection upon his experiences, and it is hoped that he will become involved in a critical study of some aspect of the culture in which he is living."

The establishment of this Fellowship is inspired by the spirit and quality of Michael C. Rockefeller’s life, and particularly the purpose and meaningfulness of his travel, study, and adventure among the people of New Guinea. Therefore, the guiding purpose of the Fellowship program is to make possible a year of equally significant experience for two or more young men and women like Michael, who, as he did, confront a critical stage in the development of their thinking, character, and commitments, and feel the need for further new and broadening experience before turning to a regular job or profession. With this in mind, the qualifications for the grant, the type of experience the Fellowship intends to make possible, and the manner in which the program should be administered are set forth as follows.

The fellowship is largely concerned with character. While specific plans for using the fellowship are important—a well-prepared, feasible plan must be presented in the application—they are not the mainstay of the fellowship. The Board’s search is not just for interesting sets of plans or proposals, but for interesting people ready to face new challenges.

The Rockefeller Fellowship affords an opportunity that requires tremendous personal resources. Recipients must be able to immerse themselves in a foreign culture, perhaps traveling and living in remote areas of the world. The fellowship, therefore, is for people who are self-reliant, interested in the larger issues of the day, and above all, filled with a spirit of adventure--the fellowship is meant to encourage exploration and adventure as a means of personal growth.

Application is open to all Harvard College seniors. Fellows who marry before or during the term abroad will forfeit the fellowship.


  • Applications due:Tuesday, October 11, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:early December

Learn more about the Rockefeller Fellowship here.

Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship .................................................(Tuesday, November 22, 12 noon)

The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships provide for one year of study at Cambridge University. There are currently four Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships, which are distinct from one another only in the Colleges where respective scholars reside:

  1. Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholarship (Emmanuel College)
  2. John Eliot Scholarship (Jesus College)
  3. Lt. Charles H. Fiske III Scholarship (Trinity College)
  4. Gov. William Shirley Scholarship (Pembroke College)

Each of the four scholarships provides placement at the designated college, lodging, and a stipend to cover all maintenance expenses for one year, including transportation and some travel.

The criteria for selection are broad. The selection committee—made up of former recipients of the scholarships—looks for people who have been actively engaged in whatever they have done, who have learned and grown at Harvard, and who give promise of further learning and growth. There is no requirement of a particular grade point average or concentration. Ambassadorial qualities are as important as academic strengths. At the same time, no specific extracurricular activities or positions automatically qualify a candidate for either an interview or selection. The achievements of scholarship winners are often outstanding, but these are neither the only basis of selection nor emblematic of a formula that ensures it.

By far the most important parts of an application are the student’s essay and the letters of recommendation, for these give the committee some sense of the individual behind the achievements. The committee is not seeking merit-badge collectors; a sense of adventure and a willingness to take risks may mean more than a string of safe successes. The essay should therefore devote greater attention to the applicant’s background and interests than to a program of study. In other words, the essay should not be a purely academic proposal, though some awareness of the educational structure at Cambridge is advisable. The selection committee’s focus is on the person, especially as one poised to make the most of the Cambridge experience. Applicants must apply on their own for admission to their chosen degree program.

From the selection committee:
"We are looking for people who have been actively engaged in whatever they have done, who have learned and grown at Harvard, and who give promise of further learning and growth. There is no requirement of a particular grade point average or subject of concentration; while scholarship winners usually have strong (or, as important, improving) academic records, applicants whose transcripts show uniform A-level grades may not be chosen for interviews. Ambassadorial qualities are as important as academic. At the same time, no specific extracurricular activities or positions automatically qualify someone for either an interview or selection. By far the most important parts of an application are the student's own essay and letters of recommendation, for these give us some sense of the individual behind the achievements."

Harvard graduating seniors are eligible.

  • Applications due:Tuesday, November 22, 12 noon
  • Semi-finalist interviews:late January
  • Finalist interviews:mid-February

Harvard-UK Fellowship ................................................................(Tuesday, November 29, 12 noon)

A single application puts you into consideration for each of the following fellowships for which you are eligible:

Henry Fellowship
Founded by the will of the late Lady Henry “in earnest hope and desire of cementing bonds of friendship between the British Empire and the U.S.,” income from the Trust is applied toward one year of study at either Cambridge or Oxford University.

The primary criteria are academic excellence (usually an A- average or better) and extracurricular involvement. Each candidate must also present a definite plan of study or research to be carried out at Cambridge or Oxford within ordinary university programs and facilities.

Graduating seniors who are unmarried U.S. citizens and will have earned their bachelor’s degree by the time of the fellowship year are eligible.

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
The Knox Fellowships provide one year of study in any university of the British Commonwealth, preferably in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

The selection committee bases its decisions on a candidate’s academic achievement (B+ or better grades are typical), intellectual potential, breadth of interest beyond the field of concentration, involvement in nonacademic activities, the strength and appropriateness of the study proposal, and promise of future leadership.

Competition is open to graduating seniors who have already applied for admission to a Commonwealth university, but is restricted to U.S. citizens.

Herchel Smith Scholarship in Non-Science
This Herchel Smith Scholarship provides for a year of postgraduate study in any non-science field at Cambridge University, and may be continued for one or two years contingent on satisfactory degree progress. This is an outgrowth of the original Herchel Smith Scholarships for science students. Scholarships are usually held at Emmanuel College.

Students of high academic ability (typically A- or better grades) who intend to pursue graduate study in their field are eligible. One- and two-year programs at Cambridge are acceptable, provided they can serve as suitable preparation for subsequent graduate work. A three-year D.Phil. or Ph.D. course at Cambridge is also acceptable. Candidates should have identified appropriate and suitable courses of study at the time of application.

Graduating seniors or graduates who have received their bachelor’s degree within the previous two years are eligible.

Michael Von Clemm Fellowship
The von Clemm Fellowship provides a member of the senior class with the opportunity to study for one academic year at Oxford University while living at Corpus Christi College.

The primary criteria are academic excellence (usually an A- average or better) and extracurricular involvement. Each candidate must also present a definite plan of study or research to be carried out at Oxford within ordinary university programs and facilities.

All unmarried members of the Harvard senior class are eligible, provided they will have graduated by June in the year of application.

Paul Williams Fellowship
This scholarship provides a graduating senior with a year of postgraduate study in international government and public affairs at Emmanuel College in Cambridge University.

Selection committees expect to see a record of interest in and commitment to international government and public affairs. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate their abilities to make the most of Cambridge University’s resources in furthering their growth in these areas.

Competition is open to Harvard undergraduates who will have completed their bachelor’s degree by the time the scholarship becomes tenable.

  • Applications due:Tuesday, November 29, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:mid-February

Herchel Smith Fellowship in Science ..........................................(Thursday, December 1, 12 noon)

These scholarships aim to encourage Harvard graduates of high academic ability and research promise in the sciences to study at Cambridge University. Scholarships are held at Emmanuel College. Awardees are to undertake studies appropriate to preparation for a future Ph.D. degree in computer science, mathematics, the natural sciences, or the physical sciences. Five or more scholarships may be awarded each year. Each scholarship pays all fees, tuition, living costs, and travel expenses for one year. Scholarships may be renewed for two subsequent years, assuming satisfactory academic progress toward a PhD in the same field and approval by the selection committee.

One- and two-year programs are acceptable, provided they can serve as a suitable preparation for a subsequent Ph.D. in the U.S. or the U.K. A three-year D.Phil. or Ph.D. course at Cambridge is also acceptable. Candidates should have identified appropriate and suitable courses of study at the time of application, although some fine-tuning may be allowed upon arrival in Cambridge. In some cases, proceeding to a doctorate will only be allowed after a satisfactory first year of study.

Students of high academic ability (typically demonstrated by A- or better grades) who intend to pursue the fields of computer science, mathematics, the natural sciences, or the physical sciences at a graduate level are eligible. Details of the courses in these fields are set out in the Cambridge University’s online “Guide to Courses,” at www.cam.ac.uk/guide. The range of subjects available in the Natural Sciences Tripos is notably broad.

Graduating seniors or graduates who have received their bachelor’s degree within the previous two years are eligible.

  • Applications due:Thursday, December 1, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:mid-February

Thouron Scholarship .............................................................................(Friday, January 6, 12 noon)

The Thouron family, known for its generous commitments to trans-Atlantic academic exchange at the graduate level, inaugurated a new program in 2006 to give undergraduates students at select institutions a greater comparative understanding of British and American culture.

The John Thouron Prize will be awarded to a small, select group of undergraduates from Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania who are pursuing an eight-week summer program of study abroad at Pembroke College in the University of Cambridge, in the U.K. Through exposure to Cambridge’s renowned tutorial and supervision systems, students will be challenged intellectually, and through engagement with a wide range of carefully tailored extracurricular experiences, they will also have an enriching cultural experience. Thouron prize winners will have access to the full range of courses and facilities available to participants in this prestigious eight-week summer school hosted jointly by Pembroke and King’s Colleges. For a listing of courses offered, visit Pembroke's summer website.

Selection as a nominee will be based on the suitability of an applicant’s plan of study in the Pembroke-King’s Summer Programme for his or her academic and personal development. There is no set requirement for a particular grade point average or set of achievements, but Harvard’s nominating process will favor those with records of academic distinction and personal promise in some non-academic area of endeavor. Preference will also be given to those who have not previously studied in the U.K. and who have not traveled abroad extensively.

Students may apply for the summer following their sophomore or junior year. U.S. citizenship is required.

  • Applications due:Friday, January 6, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:Mid-March

William Lyon Mackenzie King Harvard Scholarship ...................(Wednesday, February 1, 12 noon)

The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King Harvard Scholarship supports one year of study at a Canadian university (may not be a pre-professional program). One award of approximately $4,000 (Canadian) may be granted annually. Since this does not cover a full year of study in Canada, recipients are expected to supplement the award with other resources.

The committee may favor applications that focus specifically on Canada, its history, culture, resources, or other unique aspects. The selection committee typically looks for B+ or better academic records as well as ambassadorial potential.

Harvard seniors who have already applied to a Canadian university are eligible.

  • Applications due:Wednesday, February 1, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:early February

Artist Development Fellowship .......................................................(Thursday, February 2, 12 noon)

Artist Development Fellowships are intended to nurture the artistic development of promising and/or accomplished students in the arts who, it is hoped, will one day look back on this opportunity and mark it as a significant contributor to their creative development.

Artist Development Fellowships are awarded annually by the Council on the Arts, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Fellowships support student development in the practice of the arts, including but not limited to work in the following disciplines: dance, literature, music, theater, studio art, film, mixed media, and arts practices that are multi-disciplinary in nature. The Council will consider fellowship requests for:

  • Research and development of individual artistic projects that are crucial to the development of the artist;
  • Domestic or international travel in order to apprentice and/or work with individual artists, programs, and/or artistic companies; and/or
  • Interdisciplinary work—not necessarily work that combines art forms, but work that links the artistic/creative process to a wholly different field in a way that sheds new perspective on and/or understanding of each.
  • Other types of funding requests will be considered, provided that individual artistic development is at the core of the proposal.

The ADF program supports the work of Fellowship recipients through:

  1. Financial assistance: The number and amount of awards will vary each year subject to program funding and individual project budgets. Awards will likely be in the $1,000 to $7,000 range. With larger awards reserved for those that involve international travel.
  2. Community building: Each year, opportunities will be provided for Fellowship recipients to share their work, meet periodically, and engage in discussion and exchange of ideas with visiting professional artists.

During their year-long Fellowship, recipients will be asked to:

  1. Attend occasional artist fellows gatherings throughout the year.
  2. Submit a final report discussing work completed during the year, as well as samples of work, if possible.
  3. Share their work within the Harvard Community.

Candidates must demonstrate unusual accomplishment in the arts and/or evidence of significant artistic promise. The work outlined in the proposal must constitute a truly exceptional opportunity for artistic growth. The Council encourages applicants to seek funding for proposals from other sources in addition to this program. The Council generally will not fund proposals supporting thesis projects, post-production work on film and video, attendance at conferences, housing costs alone, or private music lessons that could be supported through the OFA's Music Lesson Subsidy Program.

The program is open to undergraduates currently enrolled in Harvard College. Fellowships are not awarded to freshmen except in extraordinary circumstances. Applicants are expected to complete their fellowship work prior to graduation. (The Council may occasionally make exceptions for work undertaken immediately following graduation, although current undergraduates will be given priority consideration.)

If you have questions about the Artist Development Program, please contact Stephanie Troisi at the Office for the Arts at troisi@fas.harvard.edu.

  • Applications due:Thursday, February 2, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:early-mid March

Postgraduate Traveling Fellowship ...................................................(Monday, February 6, 12 noon)

All of these fellowships provide funds to support a year of purposeful travel and cultural immersion outside the U.S. in the year after graduation. A single application puts you into consideration for each of the following fellowships for which you are eligible:

Gardner Fellowships
Gardner Fellowships provide a year of purposeful postgraduate travel for Harvard students to supplement their formal education through immersion in a foreign culture.

Recipients of this fellowship should demonstrate a curiosity and concern about the history, habitat, and customs of cultures other than their own. In addition, an ability to communicate feelings and ideas about these matters should have weight in making the award. It is hoped that candidates considered for the fellowship will have a broad and diverse college experience, both curricular and noncurricular. It is further hoped that the stated goals of this fellowship will provide its recipients with an opportunity to reflect on their undergraduate life in the context of a wider horizon. Most particularly, it is intended that this fellowship be helpful in opening, rather than narrowing, the range of life-long interests and careers ultimately to be pursued.

All Harvard College seniors are eligible.

Shaw Fellowships
Shaw Fellowships aim to make it possible for young men and women of promise to supplement their formal education by broadening and cultivating influence which comes from acquaintance with other countries. While great good is done by traveling fellowships intended to provide the means of study and research, the object of these awards is benefiting young men and women of worth, who without necessarily having attained to the highest scholarship in college, have made good use of their opportunities and give promise of success in professional or business careers.

All Harvard College seniors are eligible.

Sheldon Fellowships
The undergraduate Sheldon Fellowships “support students of promise and good academic standing in a year of unrestricted purposeful travel abroad after graduation.

The most important qualifying criterion for the Sheldon is superior academic achievement. In the past, Sheldon recipients have frequently graduated either summa or magna cum laude. Apart from the academic criterion, the Sheldon is similar to other traveling fellowships, such as the Gardner, Rockefeller, Shaw, and Trustman. The project proposal is critical and should clearly define a goal or purpose for the year’s travel.

All Harvard College seniors are eligible.

Trustman Fellowships
Trustman Fellowships “are intended to further the education of students who show great promise of making important, long-range contributions to society by providing them with the opportunity to travel after graduation.

Candidates must demonstrate distinguished achievement within their field of concentration but need not have attained any specific rank or relative standing in scholarship. The student’s proposal for the fellowship year is critical and should be planned with the idea of exploration and challenge as a means of personal development and enrichment. The travel proposal should present some well-defined structure to make the fellowship year a rich experience.

All Harvard College seniors are eligible.


  • Applications due:Monday, February 6, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:Early April

British Teaching Fellowship ........................................................(Wednesday, February 8, 12 noon)

The objective of the British Teaching Fellowships is to encourage, through the sharing of intellectual and cultural experiences in the context of secondary school life, a better understanding between England and America. The Fellowships offer an opportunity for an American student from Harvard to spend a school year as a full member of the community in one of England's finest "Public Schools" (as Preparatory Schools are called in England).

The duties, which can be adjusted to suit the interests of the Fellow and the requirements of the School, will normally involve:

  1. Part-time teaching in a subject on which the Fellow has concentrated, as well as in American literature, history or current affairs;
  2. Coaching of crew (in which the School is particularly strong) or other sports (such as soccer, rugby, running, tennis, mountaineering), or leading of other groups, such as the drama society;
  3. A share of the occasional supervisory duties carried out by masters in Boarding Houses or elsewhere and help with student activities;
  4. Occasional talks to interested groups on American current affairs and American college life. This ambassadorial function is important, as it is hoped that the Fellow will stimulate an understanding of the U.S.A.;
  5. In common with full-time masters, Fellows often take on the academic and pastoral care of a small tutorial group of pupils

The School will provide accommodation and board during school terms.The Fellow will have the normal School holidays of approximately four weeks at Christmas and four weeks at Easter, as well as half-term holidays as well.

Candidates must be at the time of application candidates for degrees in Harvard University and must be graduating in the summer.

  1. The Fellowship is available only to an unmarried person of either gender.
  2. The duration of the Fellowship is from early September to mid July.


  • Applications due:February 8, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:March-April

Postgraduate Public Service Fellowship .......................................(Tuesday, February 21, 12 noon)

**For Harvard fellowships and grants, a “public service project” is defined as work that:

  • helps people meet their needs for food, shelter, and/or health;
  • improves educational and/or employment opportunities;
  • educates people about their legal and/or civil rights;
  • protects the environment and/or wildlife;
  • and/or otherwise supports the general welfare.

Each of these fellowships provide funds to support public service either domestically or outside the U.S. in the year after graduation. A single application puts you into consideration for all funds for which you are eligible:

Pforzheimer Fellowships
Pforzheimer Foundation Public Service Fellowships provide funding for students who will be involved in public service projects after graduation. Projects are expected to be at least four months long, and they can be up to a year in duration. Approximately $80,000 or more is available each year to be distributed by the selection committee. Grant awards usually vary from about $4,000 to $15,000, depending on project duration and need.

Students will be selected on the basis of demonstrated interest in, abilities in, and commitment to public service, as well as the merit, soundness, and practicality of their project. Selection committees have usually articulated a clear inclination to make awards when a student’s direct involvement is essential to the quality or success of a project, addresses significant human need through the project, and establishes viability for the project once the fellow departs. Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, and must be able to dedicate themselves fully to their projects. Financial need is not a criterion.

The competition is open to Harvard College seniors.

Richardson Fellowships
The Richardson Fellowships provide outstanding students contemplating a career in public service with the opportunity to spend a year gaining concrete experience with, and understanding of, the sort of problem or issue that their contemplated public service career would address. The tenure of each Richardson Fellowship in Public Service will be between ten and twelve months, depending upon the nature of the project and the living expenses necessary to pursuing it, and will normally occur during one academic year. Recipients may not be enrolled as candidates for any academic degree or otherwise engaged in academic study during the period of the Fellowship. While recipients of these fellowships may hold other grants and/or receive compensation from their organization, they may do so only with the approval of the body administering the Richardson Fellowships, and only if the combination of other such funding sources does not exceed the amount of their Richardson Fellowship.

The Richardson Fellowships are to be awarded to students who show outstanding promise of being of service in the public or non-profit sectors. For purposes of this fellowship, commitment to serving the public good is a more important defining feature of ‘public service’ than whether a job is on a governmental payroll or within a tax-exempt organization.

In addition, each Richardson fellow should meet the following criteria:

  1. Each awardee should have personal characteristics that well suit him or her to a potential career in public service and to benefiting from their fellowship year. These characteristics should include drive or energy, caring or a ready empathetic understanding of the plight and position of others, an ability to lead or persuade, and commitment to the public good as distinct from merely private ambition.
  2. Each awardee should show, whether on the basis of past involvements or in the proposal for the fellowship year, that he or she is seriously contemplating a career in public service, to which the experience gained in the fellowship year would make a valuable contribution.
  3. Each awardee must present a proposal for the fellowship year containing a considered plan for engaging in non-academic activities calculated to provide direct experience of an important public-policy problem or of promising ways of dealing with public-policy problems. Although such experience may also ultimately aid awardees in their pursuit of higher academic or professional degrees, this potential benefit will not be a primary factor in the selection of awardees.”

These fellowships are intended primarily for graduating seniors in Harvard College who aim to gain some practical experience in the year after graduation before beginning work or graduate school.


  • Applications due:Tuesday, February 21, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:Early April

Alex G. Booth Fellowship ...............................................................(Tuesday, February 28, 12 noon)

The Booth Fund Fellowships help to defray the cost of travel, tuition, or other appropriate expenses for travel to a country or countries related to the recipient’s field of interest, either during the summer or during the following academic year. Fellowships can usually support up to about $15,000 in costs.

Candidates must demonstrate some purpose to their proposed travel that relates to their undergraduate interests, usually interpreted as related to their concentration. The proposed travel must also reflect a candidate’s own initiative. The donors’ terms direct selection committees to make awards "that will enable the recipient, based on his or her own planning and initiative, to engage in a program of travel, study, research or observation that will further expand and challenge an existing interest in a particular field."

Given the connections between a recipient’s field of interest and the proposed project, committees will expect to see sufficient academic preparation to derive a meaningful and thought-provoking experience on the fellowship. The donors’ terms also list inquisitiveness among selection criteria, as well as the potential to be challenged and have horizons broadened through the fellowship experience. Financial need is not a selection criterion.

Current graduating Harvard College seniors are eligible. The fellowship may be used to support projects in the U.S. or overseas. Grants are intended to fund individuals, not groups.


  • Applications due:Tuesday, February 28, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:Early March

Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship ...........................................(Thursday, March 2, 12 noon)

The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships Committee offers summer fellowships to rising juniors and seniors to pursue meaningful opportunities in the United Kingdom—either through sponsored research or study experiences at Cambridge, or in affiliation with Cambridge-sponsored or affiliated arts or service projects. Fellowships will provide for expenses necessary to generously cover each summer experience. Experiences must last at least eight weeks, beginning in late June.

The Committee intends to offer summer fellowships in the following categories:

  • Research or study with instructors or fellows at Cambridge University*
  • Non-academic projects undertaken with Cambridge instructors, fellows, or researchers
  • Work in the arts, either undertaken in affiliation with a Cambridge University-based organization (such as the Fitzwilliam Museum or Hamilton Kerr Institute) or in affiliation with an arts organization elsewhere in the U.K. that has some connection to Cambridge (such as the Gate Theatre in London).

*PLEASE NOTE: The selection committee expects students to contact potential advisors on their own in order to arrange research/program placement. While not required, most successful candidates have secured an advising arrangement with Cambridge before submitting their application.

Housing assignments will be made by the committee according to availability at specific colleges. Students working in the arts must secure their own program and living arrangements.

Selection will be based on the suitability of an applicant’s experience for his or her development at a particular moment in life. Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors. There is no requirement for a particular grade point average or set of achievements, but the selection committee will look for a sense of the person behind the application, and for a sense of how the experience desired fits within the person’s plans for the next few years.

Harvard College sophomores and juniors are eligible.


  • Applications due:Thursday, March 2, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:Mid-March

Patterson Traveling Fellowship to Italy ...........................................(Wednesday, March 8, 12 noon)

The goal of the fellowship is to inspire the Harvard community to share John’s love for travel and for Italy. John led bicycling tours through Europe; he also traveled with his friends. John brought them to museums, to historical sights, to restaurants, and inevitably his students and friends acquired his enthusiasm for the places they visited. John was a demanding tour guide, eager to teach others the value and beauty of another culture. Of all the places he went, he loved Italy best. As a law student and a graduate student in legal history, John was the head teaching fellow for several Harvard courses and a tutor in Mather House. A generation of undergraduates admired him for his intellect and his wisdom. John lived with AIDS for seven years and died on October 9, 1997. In 1998 his family and friends established this fellowship in his memory.

One fellowship is awarded each year to fund summer or holiday travel to Italy. The recipient may use the award any time from the start of the summer in the award year to the start of the summer in the next year. The award provides approximately $2,000, enough to cover a two- or three-week visit. The award is intended to introduce Italy to a student who has little familiarity with the country. The award is for travel that would not otherwise have happened, rather than for funding that the student would have taken anyway. The trip should be intellectually purposeful and personally enriching, but need not contribute in any way to an academic project. After returning, the student will share her or his experiences in a presentation to John’s family, friends, and the Mather House community.

The fellowship will be awarded to a student who:

  1. demonstrates personal or intellectual curiosity about Italy;
  2. is resourceful, mature, and displays independence of mind; and
  3. has not traveled extensively.

The competition is open to all Harvard first-years, sophomores, and juniors who are not Italian citizens and have not lived in Italy. There is a strong preference for current Mather House residents and affiliates. Candidates must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

  • Applications due:Wednesday, March 8, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting/interviews:Early April

Laura Houghteling Memorial Scholarship .........................................(Thursday, March 23, 12 noon)

The Laura Houghteling Memorial Fellowship provides one or two awards each year to students planning a career in elementary or secondary education. Each year, one or two fellowships of about $4000 each may be awarded, and must be used for the reduction of recipients’ student loan indebtedness.

According to the Donors’ statement, "We, the friends and family of Laura Houghteling, have established this fund as a means both of preserving Laura’s spirit, and of sustaining one of the visions of social service that she had hoped herself to enact. Laura was committed to the idea of public service, and was exploring careers in women’s advocacy and children’s education. She worked after her graduation as a phone counselor at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia and, at Harvard, participated in the Radcliffe Women’s Leadership Conference and was a founding member of the Leverett House Women’s Issues Discussion Group. Her commitment to the ideals reflected by her involvement in these endeavors was only one of the reasons why she was loved and respected by so many people. For her, for us, and in the hopes that something positive can be born of the tragedy of her death, we decided to found this fellowship in her name.

"We envision the ideal Houghteling Fellowship winner to be: a person who embodies Laura’s spirit in his or her wide range of interests, commitment to public service, and (especially) caring for young people. Academic achievement and degree of financial need may be taken into consideration in selecting fellowship winners, but the most important factor should be demonstrated commitment to, and qualifications for, a career in teaching. Anyone who plans a career in K-12 education and is on financial aid is invited to apply; preference shall be given to applicants interested in elementary education."

Harvard seniors who are receiving financial aid are eligible.

  • Applications due:Thursday, March 23, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:Early April

Eben Fiske Studentship........ (not available in 2016-2017, will return in the 2017-2018 school year)

The Eben Fiske Studentship, established by the bequest of the Reverend Eben Fiske (Trinity ’35), enables a member of the Harvard College graduating class to undertake postgraduate study in Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. There is no subject restriction. Preference will be given to students intending to proceed to the Ph.D. degree, but consideration will be given to all candidates intending to pursue a multi-year advanced degree course.

One award will be made each year in which the studentship is offered. The studentship will cover all University and College fees and provide a maintenance allowance equal at least to that of a Rhodes Scholar. The studentship is tenable initially for one year, but will normally be renewed for one or more years (subject to satisfactory progress, up to a limit of four years in total) if the scholar is accepted by the Board of Graduate Studies as a candidate for the Ph.D. degree or other multi-year advanced degree course and is successful in obtaining one of the British government’s Overseas Research Students awards.

The clear intent of the Trinity College Council is to foster a purposeful advanced academic degree program at Cambridge for promising scholars from Harvard College, and the integrity of a candidate’s academic program and qualifications to pursue it are therefore Harvard’s primary criteria for selecting a short list for consideration at Trinity. Harvard’s selection committee also looks favorably on ambassadorial qualities and other evidence that a candidate will contribute meaningfully to the academic and social life of Trinity College.

Graduating Harvard seniors are eligible. N.B.: A multi-year advanced degree course does not include a second (or Honors) bachelor’s degree course, or a one-year advanced certificate or degree course, or a succession of one-year advanced certificate or degree courses.


  • Applications due:Not available for 2016-2017, will return for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Selection Committee meeting:TBD