No. Only public service opportunities taking place within the United States are eligible for the fellowship.
When you successfully submit your application, it triggers two responses:
- A pop-up window appears with a success message.
- You will also receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org confirming submission. (CommunityForce is the platform for the application online submission system.)
Yes, if you are enrolled in a degree program and will be a student on campus for the full 2021-2022 academic year.
The fellowship will cover the undergraduate summer earnings requirement in addition to your living and travel expenses.
Yes. You are welcome to apply a second time. Your application will only be considered within the context of the current year’s applicant pool.
The online application site is maintained by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. If you have questions about the system, please contact Autumn Bennett, 617-496-9744, program coordinator in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
No. All Fellows must be a student on campus for the full 2021-2022 academic year.
No. Applicants must be returning to campus in 2021–2022 to continue their degree-seeking coursework.
The fellowship is not designed to support independent research projects related to your thesis work at Harvard.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all components of the application are submitted by the February 8 deadline, including recommendations. You should inform your recommender of this deadline. If your recommender cannot submit on time, you may wish to consider a different recommender.
No. While working in the office of an elected official qualifies, working on a campaign does not.
Yes. We encourage you to seek opportunities anywhere in the country where you wish to engage in your public service project.
No. The letter of recommendation should not come from a person who is not a part of the organization where you hope to secure a public service position. However, the letter of sponsorship must come from the employer or an individual at the organization where you will be spending the summer.
Yes, however the length of each segment of summer employment or project must be at least eight weeks with a minimum commitment of 30 hours per week.
Yes. Travel expenditures, living costs, and summer income are eligible expenses, though ordinarily award amounts will not exceed $5,000 for undergraduates and $8,000 for graduate and professional School students.
The selection committee will make a tentative decision on your application if a sponsorship letter is not received by February 8, 2021. However, a sponsorship letter is required before we can confirm an award and it is advisable to submit it as soon as you have received it. After March 8, 2021, the committee will no longer be able to consider applicants who have not secured sponsorship.
Only a Harvard registrar’s office can create an official transcript. All other transcripts (e.g., those printed from a My.Harvard account or a photocopy or image of an official transcript) are considered unofficial.