Henry Russell Shaw Summer Fellowship

Not accepting applications in AY23.

Henry Russell Shaw Summer Fellowships support graduating Harvard College seniors to pursue purposeful travel in Europe.

Henry Russell Shaw Summer Fellowships are supported by the same endowment and serve the same general purpose as the full-year Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowships:
"To enable one or more graduates of Harvard College … to pass a few months in European travel. The purpose of this gift is 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."

Shaw Summer Fellowships will support travel experiences that allow recipients to pursue some individual fancy or passion but will not ordinarily support experiences that seem focused on establishing or enhancing pre-professional credentials. Awards will also be limited to students who have not yet had any significant travel experience outside the U.S.

Applicants must be Harvard College seniors of any nationality.

Five awards of $5,000 each will be given each year.

Selection criteria:
A travel proposal that presents a rich and exciting experience in Europe during the summer will be the most important consideration in the selection process. The selection committee will look for proposals that provide some focus on the cultures to be encountered and effective means of exploring and interacting with them outside the bounds of formal study, internship, and community service arrangements. The selection committee will expect recipients to possess language proficiency sufficient for them to pursue their travels and interact well with the cultures of their host countries. To the extent that academic or other preparation is helpful or necessary in these pursuits, the selection committee will also expect to see some evidence of this on an applicant’s transcript and resume although there is no set academic or extracurricular profile for these fellowships.

Additional Notes:
For purposes of this fellowship, Europe is considered to comprise the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, divided from Asia to its east by the Ural Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus Mountains, and the Black Sea with its outlets, the Bosporus and Dardanelles. Iceland may also be considered part of Europe, as may island possessions of European countries that lie in the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea, Aegean Sea, and Black Sea.

Summer includes the three or four months following Harvard’s Commencement in May, and in keeping with the terms of the original gift, should include at least 10 consecutive weeks.

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