Adams' 2017-18 Resident Fellowships Tutors: Cody McCoy
Adams' 2017-18 Non-Resident Tutors: Cameron Hickert, Allan Hsiao, Abbie Modaff, Charles Masaki, Julia Cohn, Daniel Frim
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.
2017-2018 Fellowships Tutors:
Cameron Hickert is co-head fellowships tutor, and 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 <>
Dakota "Cody" McCoy is co-head 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-33 -- come by and say hi! Contact her at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 <email@example.com>.
Other Harvard Resources:
- URAF: URAF 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 4:00 pm, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Writing Center: The Writing Center offers advice on essay writing and other topics that may be of interest or relevance to fellowship applicants.
- Bureau of Study Counsel: The BSC offers a number strategies on topics that may be of use to fellowship applicants (such as time management and dealing with stress).