Please consult your department for their internal deadline

Competition for 2020–2021

The Committee on General Scholarships and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences invite Harvard graduate and professional schools to nominate current Harvard graduate students or students who will graduate from one of Harvard’s professional schools in May 2020 for traveling fellowships. GSAS students apply to all these fellowships at once via a standard CARAT application. 

Terms and Conditions

These instructions apply to the following fellowships:

  • Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellowships
  • Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowships
  • Lurcy Traveling Fellowships (current GSAS students only)
  • Lee Whittinghill Samuelson Traveling Fellowships (current GSAS students only)
  • Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowships

Eligibility & Restrictions

  • Students must be in their G2 year or above at the time of application
  •  Fellowship recipients are required to live at their research or study destinations for the length of the academic year; project periods of less than an academic year are not eligible for support.
  •  These fellowships are not intended to support multiple trips to research destinations for students who are based in Cambridge or elsewhere in the United States during the year.
  • Fellowship funds are not renewable or deferrable and are not intended to support the dependents of a fellow; additional funding to support dependents is not available.
  • Recipients may not hold other grants or fellowships for the same period without obtaining the approval of the Committee on General Scholarships or the GSAS Fellowships Office, who reserves the right to decrease the amount of an award.

Each fellowship in this group has slightly distinct eligibility requirements. Students apply to the group all at once via CARAT and the Committee on General Scholarships will determine which fellowship a candidate is best suited for. Should you be interested in learning more about individual fellowship requirements, please see here: 

Detailed Eligibility for Each Fellowship

Sinclair Kennedy Fellowships

Kennedy Fellowships support research at destinations outside of the United States.

Students are eligible, if they:

  • are currently registered in any of the graduate or professional schools at Harvard (GSAS students must be doctoral candidates)
  •  have completed at least one full year of graduate study at the time of their application
  • are not enrolling at a foreign university

Recipients may not hold other grants or fellowships for the same period without obtaining the approval of the Committee on General Scholarships, who reserves the right to decrease the amount of an award.

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships

Knox Fellowships support research and/or study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa,
or the United Kingdom. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Students are eligible, if they:

  • are currently registered in any of the graduate or professional schools at Harvard (GSAS students must be doctoral candidates)
  • have completed at least one full year of graduate study at the time of their application
  • are US citizens
  • are not enrolling at a foreign university

GSAS Lurcy Traveling Fellowships

Lurcy Fellowships are awarded to GSAS students to conduct research on a topic that is uniquely French and available only in France.  The Lurcy Trust will give strong preference to projects with “contemporary relevance” the relate to “a world which is ever changing at an increasingly dynamic pace.”

Students are eligible, if they:

  • currently registered GSAS doctoral students
  • are US citizens
  • completed at least one full year of graduate study at the time of their application

GSAS Lee Whittinghill Samuelson Traveling Fellowships

The Samuelson Fellowship supports students in programs of research or study abroad that span the full academic year. The fellowship was established by the gift of Lee Samuelson, MBA 1966, PhD 1972. As a graduate student, Dr. Samuelson benefited from the Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, which enabled him to study abroad. He hopes this gift will help ease financial burdens and open doors to international opportunities for future generations of graduate students, just as the Sheldon Fellowship did for him.

Students are eligible, if they:

  • currently registered GSAS doctoral students
  • completed at least one full year of graduate study at the time of their application

Frederick Sheldon Fellowships

Sheldon Fellowships support research, study and/or travel abroad or within the United States (although not at Harvard University). While the Sheldon Fellowship permits travel in the United States, the primary intention of this fellowship is to help students spend an academic year abroad. Preference is given to students who have or will have a Harvard degree at the time of the fellowship.

Students are eligible, if they:

  • are currently registered in any of the graduate or professional schools at Harvard (GSAS students must be doctoral candidates)
  • have completed at least one full year of graduate study at the time of their application

Stipend, Tenure, and Location

Fellowships support a full academic year (September–June) of research or study abroad. Stipend was $28,000 for the 2019–2020 academic year. Recipients are required to live at their research or study destinations for the length of the fellowship tenure. 

 

Application Instructions for Students

  1. Find out your departmental deadline. Complete your application in CARAT by the deadline. GSAS students must apply through fellowship opportunity listed in CARAT as “CGS Kennedy, Knox and Sheldon Travel Fellowships Application for PhD Candidates Only"
  2. CARAT application form, which includes a brief synopsis of the proposed project, budget synopsis, and project timeline. 
  3. Statement of purpose no more than four double-spaced typed pages in length describing your project, the scope and purpose of your research, your plan of research for the year, and the context of your project in your degree and career plans. Include your name on each page and your signature at the end of the statement.
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Official transcripts from all graduate programs (GSAS students may submit an unofficial transcript generated from my.harvard to represent their current graduate studies)
  6. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a member of the Harvard faculty; letters are uploaded electronically into CARAT

Criteria Used to Evaluate Candidates

  1. Clarity of Statement of Purpose in terms of the major question(s) to be examined, sources and methods to be used, feasibility of the project (avoiding a pile-up of too many questions or goals to be accomplished during the grant period), relationship of the project to the literature on the topic and its importance to the concerns of the discipline; attention paid to making the statement accessible for people outside the field.
  2. Explaining need to conduct the research overseas and preparedness to do so, including knowledge of the available sources required for implementing the project, contacts, language skills, and preliminary research already undertaken.
  3. Reference letters show that writers are well informed about the student’s topic and research plans, indicating close communication between student and recommenders.
  4. Overall strength of the applicant’s graduate academic record, including honors and publications, plus extent to which the record demonstrates a strength relevant to the proposed project:

Instructions for Departments

  1. Announce an internal deadline when students must submit application in CARAT, choosing a date that will allow the department to complete the required ranking form by the submission deadline of December 10, 2019, at 11:59 p.m
  2. Once the required materials have been submitted by the applicants, the nomination procedure may vary. In some cases, a committee is formed; in others, the determination is made through informal consultation. In general, the determination is based on a combined evaluation of the applicant’s Statement of Purpose, the faculty letter of recommendation, and the overall performance of the student. A nomination form is to be completed by the department chair, and includes a rank order of the candidates. 
  3. Once the department has done its ranking and completed its nomination form, departments upload this nomination form to each student’s application in CARAT by the submission deadline of December 10, 2019, at 11:59 p.m
  4. Departments should review the terms and conditions outlined above when advising students on fellowship applications