The Fellowships & Writing Center (FWC) helps GSAS students to heighten the impact of their research. Below are frequently asked questions that the FWC receives.
What students at Harvard do you serve?
All registered GSAS students, in any discipline and at any stage of their programs, are eligible for our services. Unfortunately, we are not able to work with students enrolled in Harvard College or any of the other professional or graduate schools.
Where are you located on campus and do you take walk-ins?
We are located on the second floor of Lehman Hall, the mezzanine level, atop the right staircase. You are always welcome to drop by and say hello, but please note that you must send us your drafts ahead of time to receive feedback. We also offer designated office hours for brainstorming and office hours for fellowship advice.
*Note that our office is currently closed. We are conducting all consultations remotely. We will be following Harvard campus guidelines for reopening.
Appointments and Feedback
How can I receive feedback on a piece of writing?
To receive feedback on a piece of writing, please fill out our intake form, uploading your draft directly. You are welcome to submit drafts at any stage of completeness.
What is the turnaround time for your feedback on my piece of writing?
For drafts under 25 double-spaced pages, we ask that you allow us a minimum of one week to read and return feedback. For longer pieces, please allow two weeks. We understand that emergencies come up; we will make every effort to accommodate you in these cases but cannot guarantee it.
May I ask for feedback on multiple pieces of writing?
We ask that you submit one piece of writing at a time for feedback. You are welcome to make subsequent appointments to discuss other pieces of writing as well.
How many appointments am I allowed to make?
You are welcome to make one appointment a week, depending on availability. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
On what types of writing do you provide feedback?
We provide feedback on a range of academic writing, including abstracts, conference papers, course papers, prospectuses, theses and dissertations, and fellowship proposals. For advice on job materials (e.g., CVs or cover letters), you should contact the Office of Career Services. For teaching portfolios (e.g., teaching philosophy), you should seek help from the Bok Center.
I’d like you to copyedit and proofread my writing; does your center offer this service?
Consultations are geared toward improving the overall structure, argument, and style of your work, but we do not provide line editing or proofreading services. You may want to consult a colleague or seek outside help for these services.
How can I get answers to my questions about applying for fellowships?
You may sign up for Dr. Jeannette Miller’s fellowships advising office hours to discuss fellowships to apply for.
Does your center offer support for oral presentations?
Yes. We offer designated practice presentation times on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring terms, and provide feedback on style, content, and overall impressions. During the summer, we schedule presentations if you email us at email@example.com.
I’m struggling with getting started or moving along with the writing process; do you offer brainstorming sessions?
Yes. You are welcome to meet with us to discuss your writing progress or just to brainstorm ideas. In order to schedule a meeting, select half-hour appointment times here; if none of these times work, you may also email one of our writing specialists directly.
How can I find more information on your workshops?
For details and registration information on all of our workshops, please see our page on Engage. We also send out updates in our newsletter, On Grants and Prose, which goes out through email on a biweekly basis during the school year, and monthly during the summer.
What kind of workshops do you offer?
We hold a wide range of workshops that address genre-specific writing skills and strategies, as well as aid in professional development. Past workshops have included such topics as writing the prospectus, completing the dissertation, managing research, writing and presenting the conference paper, overcoming obstacles to writing, and drafting a fellowship proposal. We also hold informational sessions and panels, as well as talks with guest speakers, including academic and non-academic authors, on the craft of writing.