Meet with the Adams House Fellowships Team to get feedback on application strategies and drafts at the weekly Fellowships Table held most Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm in the Conservatory.  Sign up for a time slot here.  If you are coming to Fellowships Table to get feedback on a draft essay, please email it to adamsfellowships@gmail.com or to ONE of the fellowships tutors by Saturday at 6:00 pm.  In the draft you send, please include your name, the fellowship you're applying for, anything you'd like us to focus on as we read, and any restrictions as to word count. Take a look at Adams Fellowships Tutors' general advice for writing personal statements at this link.

Applying to Fellowships:

Harvard College abounds with fellowship opportunities for study, travel, and service.  Many postgraduate and national fellowships in these areas are administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF), located at 77 Dunster Street (near Kirkland House) on the second floor.  The Adams House Fellowships Team works with URAF to help advise students with the process of considering fellowship opportunities and applying for appropriate fellowships.  

Although many well-known fellowships are administered through URAF, there are other fellowship and funding sources available to Harvard students as well.  The Harvard College Funding Sources database is a comprehensive resource with information about all of these sources.  

Steps to Finding a Fellowship:

1. Go to the the Harvard College Funding Sources database and enter search terms for the kinds of fellowship opportunities that interest you.  Note that many postgraduate and national fellowships are administered through by URAF, while others are administered by other Harvard offices, including academic departments.  

2. Consult the list of postgraduate and national fellowships administered through URAF.  

3. Check with your academic department to see if there are fellowships that may not be included in the Harvard College Funding Sources database.  

After You Have Found a Fellowship:

1. Request application materials from the relevant office.  Once you have learned more about the fellowship that interests you, a good next step is to take a look at the application itself and take a first crack at answering the questions.  If you find the questions fairly easy to answer, you might have found a fellowship that is a good match.  However, if you find yourself struggling, you may want to think a bit more about how well the fellowship fits with your goals.  

2. Take a look at winning applications from other students.  URAF maintains a library with student reports from traveling fellowships and also has some interview reports from Rhodes and Marshall interviews.  URAF is located at 77 Dunster Street on the second floor (near Kirkland House).  

3. Come to a Fellowships Table in Adams House to get feedback on your application once you've begun working on it (see below for more info on Fellowships Table).  Your Fellowships and Writing Tutors are good resources for helping you as you write and revise application statements. 

4. In addition to your Fellowships and Writing Tutors, you should definitely consult with others as you write application drafts.  Professors, mentors, friends, and parents can all offer valuable perspectives.  The Writing Center can also provide helpful advice on how to improve application essays.  

5. Take a look at our advice for writing personal statement at this link.

2019-2020 Fellowships Tutors:

Julia Cohn is an Adams House graduate who just spent two years on fellowshipspublic health research in Mexico on the Steve Reifenberg Fellowship, followed by a year in Colombia training in salsa dance and researching public art on the George Peabody Gardner Traveling Fellowship.  She's now with the education department at the Institute of Contemporary Art and also works as as a programming assistant at DRCLAS.  Contact her at <juliagcohn@gmail.com>

Naima Green-Riley is a PhD student studying International Relations in the Department of Government (Faculty of Arts and Sciences).  She previously graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with an Master's degree in Public Policy and from Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations.  She has a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship to support study and research in her PhD program.  She was also a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, which facilitated her former career as diplomat at the U.S. Department of State.  Contact her at <ngreen@g.harvard.edu>

Jelani Hayes is a third-year PhD student in History with a secondary PhD field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her research focuses on the 20th century United States. Last summer, Jelani received a language study grant from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs to study Spanish in Lima, Peru. Before arriving at Harvard, she held a year-long fellowship provided by her undergraduate institution to work at a D.C.-based organization focused on helping small business leaders advocate for federal policy reform. She also served as a White House intern in 2015 and held a full-time job in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2016 to 2017. Next year, Jelani will enroll at Yale Law School. Contact her at <jelanihayes@g.harvard.edu>


Cameron Hickert currently works as a research assistant at HKS Belfer Center.  Before moving to Cambridge, he was a Schwarzman Scholar in Beijing; before that, he double majored in physics and international studies at the University of Denver, where he was a Truman Scholar.  He loves hiking and rooftop decks, and is always looking for suggestions regarding either.  Contact him at <cameron.hickert@gmail.com>


Shandra Jones (she/her/hers) is a PhD student studying adolescent identity development in the School of Education.  She previously graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's in Political Science and from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with her MBA.  She has experience as a director of graduate admissions with responsibility for school-based fellowship decisions as well as serving on the board of a national graduate studies fellowship organization, during which she advised applicants on best practices, assessed applications and made award recommendations to the committee.  Contact her at <shandrajones@g.harvard.edu> 

Dakota "Cody" McCoy is a PhD student in biology (OEB).  She did a masters in environmental policy as a Rhodes Scholar before coming to Harvard, where she holds an Army Research Office NDSEG fellowship. She did her undergraduate at Yale, where she was a Goldwater Scholar and die-hard Yale fan. She is also a Resident Tutor in A-33come by and say hi!  Contact her at <dakotamccoy@g.harvard.edu>

Charles Masaki is a new Resident Physician at MGH/McLean who finished his DPhil in Psychiatry and Neuroscience as a Rhodes Scholar.  He is from Kenya, and has experience teaching and mentoring students at the University of Nairobi and at the University of Oxford.  He is passionate about both health policy and neuroscience/psychiatry.  Contact him at <charlesmasaki@gmail.com>

Hudson Vincent is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature specializing in Classical and Renaissance literatures. He has received numerous fellowships for study, research, traveling, and teaching, including a Villa I Tatti Fellowship for archival research in Italy, a TAPIF fellowship for teaching in France, a Mellon Fellowship for paleography at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and a Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, among others. Contact him at  <rvincent@g.harvard.edu>


Other Harvard Resources:

  • URAFURAF hosts regular information sessions about various fellowship opportunities and on topics such as writing fellowship essays and preparing for fellowship interviews.  You can find the calendar of URAF deadlines and info sessions here.  To register for the URAF mailing list, go here.  The staff at URAF are also are available for individual counseling, both during drop-in hours (no appointment necessary), and by appointment.  Drop-in hours during the fall and spring terms are 2:00 to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, at 77 Dunster Street on the second floor.  Requests for further information, answers to questions, and requests for appointments may be sent to undergradresearch@fas.harvard.edu or fellowships@fas.harvard.edu.  
  • Writing CenterThe Writing Center offers advice on essay writing and other topics that may be of interest or relevance to fellowship applicants.  
  • Bureau of Study CounselThe BSC offers a number strategies on topics that may be of use to fellowship applicants (such as time management and dealing with stress).