Adams' 2018-19 Resident Fellowships Tutors: Cody McCoy (Co-Lead), Chelsea Messinger (Co-Lead), Naima Green, Samir Junnarkar, Sophia Nasti

Adams' 2018-19 Non-Resident Tutors: Julia Cohn, Cameron Hickert, Allan Hsiao, Charles Masaki

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.  
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.  

2018-2019 Fellowships Tutors:

Dakota "Cody" McCoy is Co-Lead Fellowships Tutor, and is a PhD student in biology (OEB).  She did a masters in environmental policy as a Rhodes Scholar before coming to Harvard.  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>

Chelsea Messinger is Co-Lead Fellowships Tutor, and is an MD-PhD student in Population Health Sciences - Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  She graduated from Yale College in 2014, and subsequently spent a year in Malaysia conducting public health research on a Fulbright scholarshipthe best year of her life!  She is passionate about health disparities and global reproductive and maternal health.  Contact her at <chelsea_messinger@g.harvard.edu>

Naima Green 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>

Samir Junnarkar is an MBA student at Harvard Business School.  He previously graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics.  His interests span technology, finance, and policy, and he previously worked at Google, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Contact him at <sjunnarkar@alumni.stanford.edu>

Sophia Nasti is a PhD candidate in the South Asian Studies department at Harvard whose research focuses on the history of religion and literature.  She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and MTS from Harvard Divinity School.  In 2016-2017 she spent the year in Tamil Nadu completing doctoral dissertation research on a Fulbright Nehru Fellowship.  She is particularly interested in guiding students interested in pursuing the humanities and social sciences and has experience working with students applying for language programs, study abroad fellowships, graduate programs and professional internships.  Contact her at <nasti@fas.harvard.edu>

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>

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>


Allan Hsiao is a PhD student in economics at MIT.  He graduated from Adams House in 2013 before going to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.  His interests span development economics, health, and education, and he has worked at the World Bank and the US Department of the Treasury.  Contact him at <ajhsiao@mit.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>

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).