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Michael C. Rockefeller Traveling Fellowship ...................................due Tuesday, October 10, 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."

Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors of any nationality.

The stipend is set annually by the Michael C. Rockefeller Administrative Board, which currently offers five or more individual awards of $25,000 each year. Fellows who marry before or during the term abroad will forfeit the fellowship.

Selection Criteria:
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 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 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 experiences before turning to a regular job or profession.

Recent Rockefeller Fellowship proposals have included:

  • Travel to southern France to live among Arab, Jewish, and North African immigrant communities in order to explore personal immigrant experiences in greater depth
  • Explore community-building through yoga in Costa Rica
  • Apprentice with devotional artists in a remote village in India, where religious icons are made in traditional forms, as an antidote to the materialism of the Western art world
  • Travel to South Africa to spend time with Buddhist communities there in order to learn to value healing over wealth

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.

  • Applications due:Tuesday, October 9, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:early December

Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship .................................................due Tuesday, November 28, 12 noon

The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship program comprises four separate scholarships, each providing for one year of study at Cambridge University:

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

Applicants must be Harvard College graduating seniors.

Each of the four scholarships provides for tuition and fees, and lodging expenses for one year (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms), as well as a generous stipend to cover additional expenses, transportation, and some travel.

Selection criteria:  
The selection committee—made up of former recipients of the scholarship—looks for people who have been actively engaged in their passions, 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. 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 - 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. No specific extracurricular activities or positions automatically qualify someone for either an interview or selection.  The essay should therefore devote greater attention to the applicant’s background and interests than to a program of study. 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.

  • Applications due:Tuesday, November 27, 12 noon
  • Semi-finalist interviews:late January
  • Finalist interviews:mid-February

Harvard-UK Fellowship ..........................................................due Wednesday, November 29, 12 noon

The Harvard-UK Fellowship comprises 5 separate scholarships, listed below. Applicants may only submit one application for one plan of study. Applicants will be considered for all applicable funds.

Henry Fellowship—supports one year of study at either Cambridge or Oxford University.  Graduating seniors who are unmarried U.S. citizens are eligible.

Herchel Smith Harvard Scholarship (non-science) --This Herchel Smith Harvard 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. Graduating seniors of any nationality or alumni who have received their bachelor’s degree within the previous 2 years are eligible.

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship—provides for one year of study in any university of the British Commonwealth. Competition is open to U.S. citizen graduating seniors.

Michael von Clemm Fellowship—provides the opportunity to study for one academic year at Oxford University while living at Corpus Christi College. Unmarried graduating seniors of any nationality are eligible.

Paul Williams Scholarship—provides for a year of study in international studies at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Graduating seniors of all nationalities are eligible.

Six fellowships (1 Henry, 2 Knox, 1 Herchel Smith, 1 von Clemm, 1 Williams) may be awarded each year. Each fellowship pays all fees, tuition, and lodging for one year (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms), as well as a stipend to cover additional expenses and transportation.  

Selection Criteria:
The selection committee bases its decisions on a candidate’s academic achievement, intellectual potential, breadth of interest beyond the field of concentration, and the strength and appropriateness of the study proposal. Candidates should have identified appropriate and suitable courses of study at the time of application, with a definite plan of study or research to be carried out at their school of choice.

  • Applications due:Wednesday, November 28, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:mid-February

Herchel Smith Fellowship in Science ........................................due Thursday, November 30, 12 noon

Herchel Smith fellowships aim to encourage Harvard graduates of high academic ability and research promise in the sciences to study at Cambridge University. Fellowships are held at Emmanuel College. Awardees are to undertake studies appropriate to preparation for a future Ph.D. degree in mathematics, natural sciences, physical sciences, or applied sciences.                     

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

Five or more fellowships may be awarded each year.  Each fellowship pays all fees, tuition, and lodging for one year (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms), as well as a stipend to cover additional expenses and transportation. Fellowships may be renewed for two subsequent years, assuming satisfactory academic progress toward a PhD in the same field and approval by the selection committee.

Selection criteria:  
Students of high academic ability (typically demonstrated by A- or better grades) who intend to pursue the fields of mathematics, natural sciences, physical sciences, or applied 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.

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.

  • Applications due:Thursday, November 29, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:mid-February

William Lyon Mackenzie King Harvard Scholarship ..................due Wednesday, January 31, 12 noon

The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King Scholarship is a fellowship which supports one year of study at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing study that relates to Canada or Canadian interests. Programs may not, however, be pre-professional in nature.

Applicants must apply for admission to their chosen program separately.

Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors of any nationality.

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.

Selection criteria:
The selection committee is particularly interested in study proposals 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.

  • Applications due:Wednesday, January 30, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:early February

Postgraduate Traveling Fellowship ..................................................due Tuesday, 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. Applications need not be tailored to any of the following fellowships in particular; candidates should put forward one proposal, and will be considered for all available funding.

George Peabody Gardner Fellowship—The goal of this fellowship is to 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 ultimately to be pursued. Recipients of this fellowship demonstrate a curiosity and concern about the history, habitat, and customs of cultures other than their own.

Henry Russell Shaw Fellowship—Shaw Fellowships are limited to European travel.  The purpose of these awards is to make it possible for young [people] to supplement their formal education by broadening and cultivating influence which comes from acquaintance with other countries. The object of these awards is to benefit young [people] who, without necessarily having attained to the highest scholarship in college, have made good use of their opportunities and give promise of success.

Frederick Sheldon Fellowship--The Sheldon Fellowships support students of promise and good academic standing in a year of unrestricted purposeful travel abroad after graduation.  The project proposal is critical and should clearly define a goal or purpose for the year’s travel.

Benjamin A. Trustman Fellowship—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. 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.

Applicants must be Harvard College seniors of any nationality.

Approximately 15 fellowships are available each year. Fellowships provide $24,000 which can be used to support one year of travel abroad.

Selection criteria:
These fellowships are 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 backbone of the fellowship. The committee’s search is not just for interesting projects, but for interesting people ready to challenge themselves and their own perceptions of the world. 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.

  • Applications due:Tuesday, February 5, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:Early April

British Teaching Fellowship ........................................................due Wednesday, February 7, 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. These fellowships offer an opportunity for an American student from Harvard to spend a school year (early September to mid-July) as a full member of the community in one of England's finest Preparatory Schools for pupils ages 11-18.

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 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.  
  5. The Fellow may be asked to take on the academic and pastoral care of a small tutorial group of pupils.

At the time of application candidates must be graduating Harvard College seniors or within two years of graduation. The Fellowship is available only to an unmarried person.

The School will provide accommodation during the school year. In addition, there will be a small financial stipend. The Fellow may hold concurrently other awards to assist in travel but may not engage in other paid employment 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.

Selection Criteria:
Candidates will be selected based on their potential to contribute meaningfully to School life, including both academic and extra-curricular pursuits. The ambassadorial function is important, as it is hoped that the Fellow will stimulate an understanding of the USA. Candidates should put forward strong letters of recommendation which can speak to their contribution to the residential and intellectual community.  

  • Applications due:Wednesday, February 6, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:Late February

Postgraduate Public Service Fellowship ........................................due Tuesday, February 20, 12 noon

Postgraduate Public Service Fellowships support meaningful public service projects undertaken after graduation. Projects may be of any length between 3 and 12 months. Candidates should present one proposal; a single application will put you into consideration for all available funding.

For these purposes, 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.

Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors of any nationality.

PFORZHEIMER FELLOWSHIP: 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 three months long.

Approximately $80,000 or more is available each year to be distributed by the selection committee.  Award amounts vary depending on project duration and need.

Selection criteria:  
Fellows will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest, abilities, and commitment to public service, as well as the merit, soundness, and practicality of their project. There is a preference for proposals where the student’s direct involvement is essential to the success of the project, and when the project addresses a significant human need. Financial need is not a criterion.

RICHARDSON FELLOWSHIP: The Richardson Fellowships are intended for students contemplating a career in public service and provide the opportunity to spend a year gaining concrete experience with the issues that their public service career would address. The tenure of each Richardson Fellowship must be between ten and twelve months, depending upon the nature of the project and the living expenses necessary to pursue it.

Three awards of approximately $30,000 each will be made each year.

Selection criteria:
The Richardson Fellowships are to be awarded to students who show outstanding promise of being of service in the public or non-profit sectors. Successful candidates will demonstrate 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. Each candidate should also show that they are seriously contemplating a career in public service, to which the experience gained in the fellowship year would make a valuable contribution.

  • Applications due:Tuesday, February 19, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:Early April

Alex G. Booth Fellowship ...............................................................due Tuesday, February 27, 12 noon

The Booth Fellowship helps to defray the cost of travel and associate project expenses for an experience related to an intellectual field of interest. Eligible projects may be academic in nature (enrollment in an academic program or research) or may allow for learning in a less academic setting (an internship, service project, or travel experience). Proposals may be for any length of time up to 12 months, in any location domestic or international, within GSS guidelines.

Only graduating Harvard College seniors will be considered for the Booth Fellowship. Fellowships are intended to fund individuals, not groups.

Approximately $100,000 is available each year. The number and amount of individual awards will vary each year according to variation in project budgets.

Selection criteria:
Candidates must demonstrate some purpose to their proposed travel that relates to their intellectual interests, usually interpreted as related to their concentration. The proposed travel must also reflect a candidates 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 recipients field of interest and the proposed project, committees will expect to see sufficient academic preparation to derive a meaningful and thought-provoking experience during 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.

  • Applications due:Tuesday, February 26, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:Mid-April

Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship ...........................................due Thursday, March 1, 12 noon

The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship Committee offers 8 to 12 summer scholarships to undergraduates for supervised research or study at Cambridge University.

The specific research of study proposed by the applicant must be conducted under the supervision of an advisor who is an instructor, fellow or researcher associated with Cambridge University or one of its colleges, or a research facility associated with the University. Applicants are responsible for identifying, contacting and securing the agreement in writing of the advisor to supervise the proposed research or study. (Trinity College customarily sends us a list of faculty members associated with it that have projects for which they are seeking research assistance and this list is made available in January to interested applicants through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.) The Committee also awards one summer scholarship on the recommendation of the A.R.T., for an internship in the theater arts at the Gate Theatre in London.

Harvard College sophomores and juniors are eligible.

Scholarship awards provide for the expenses associated with the summer experience and include travel to and from the U.K. and room and board at either Trinity College or Emmanuel College. The research or study must begin in late June and last at least eight weeks.

Selection Criteria:
There is no requirement for a particular grade point average or set of achievements. The Selection Committee favors applicants who have a carefully thought-out and interesting project, whose proposed supervisor shows genuine interest in supervising the project; and whose proposed project builds on, expands, or has the potential to alter the applicant's interests. The Committee favors independent research projects or study programs over the Pembroke-King's program.  
*PLEASE NOTE: The selection committee expects students to contact potential advisors on their own in order to arrange research/program placement, OR, to select from one of the provided projects (available in late January). (There is no preference between candidates who propose projects of their own design and candidates who choose from one of the provided projects.) As you reach out to potential mentors, candidates should be mindful that research mentoring in the U.K. is often pursued differently than in the U.S. It may be useful to describe the Harvard-Cambridge Fellowship in some detail so that potential mentors can become acquainted with the program and with the American mentoring style. Provided below is a brief description that you may find useful in contacting potential mentors at Cambridge.

Now in its 8th year, the Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship is a prestigious undergraduate research fellowship conducted in cooperation between Harvard and Cambridge Universities during the months of June through August. Fellows are outstanding student researchers who have, together with Cambridge mentors, crafted summer research projects to take place at Cambridge University. These projects may be an outgrowth of a mentor’s own research interests in which the Fellow assists, or may be conceived and conducted more independently by the Fellow with occasional mentor check-ins for guidance and support. While Fellows receive free accommodation at Trinity, Emmanuel, and Jesus Colleges, the Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship is unable to provide remuneration directly to mentors at this time. However, dozens of former mentors have reported positive, mutually-beneficial mentoring experiences over the years, and we are looking forward to many more years of future cooperation between these two historic institutions.


  • Applications due:Friday, March 1, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:Mid-March

Patterson Traveling Fellowship to Italy ...........................................due Wednesday, March 7, 12 noon

The Patterson Fellowship is in memoriam to John Thomas Patterson, and is intended 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.

The award is intended to introduce Italy to a student who has little familiarity with the country. Applicants should propose a trip that would be intellectually purposeful and personally enriching, but it need not contribute in any way to an academic project.  The award is for travel that would not otherwise have happened, rather than for funding travel that the student would have undertaken anyway.

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 preference for current Mather House residents and affiliates.

One fellowship is awarded each year to fund summer or holiday travel to Italy. The award provides approximately $2,000, enough to cover a two or three-week visit.

Selection criteria:
The fellowship will be awarded to a student who:

  • demonstrates personal or intellectual curiosity about Italy;
  • is resourceful, mature, and displays independence of mind; and
  • has not traveled extensively.
  • Applications due:Wednesday, March 6, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting/interviews:Mid-April


Laura Houghteling Memorial Scholarship .........................................due Thursday, March 22, 12 noon

The Laura Houghteling Memorial Fellowship provides one or two awards each year to students planning a career in elementary or secondary education.

Harvard seniors of any nationality who are receiving financial aid are eligible.

One or two fellowships of approximately $4000 may be awarded each year, and must be used for the reduction of recipients’ student loan indebtedness.

Selection Criteria:
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."

  • Applications due:Thursday, March 21, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:Early April

Eben Fiske Studentship ..................................................................................... due 2017-2018 TBA

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.

All graduating Harvard seniors are eligible.

One scholarship will be offered per year. Each fellowship pays all tuition and fees for one year of study, and provides a maintenance stipend to cover lodging and other expenses.

Selection Criteria
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

  • Applications due: Friday, November 30, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:mid-January