October 15, 2021
A colleague whose work I deeply admire once shared with me an academic essay she had just finished writing. The piece was a fascinating offshoot of another project: I thought it was beautifully written and cleverly framed. She pulled...
October 1, 2021
“It is good to have hair-splitters & lumpers,” Charles Darwin wrote in an 1857 letter to his closest friend, the British botanist and explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker. Darwin was characterizing—and caricaturing...
September 17, 2021
The Fellowships & Writing Center is pleased to introduce its new cohort of fellows for the 2021-22 academic year. All recent Harvard PhDs, the FWC fellows know that graduate work can be challenging for a host of reasons and they...
September 3, 2021
Welcome (back) to campus and to the start of fall term! Here are some suggestions from the Fellowships & Writing Center staff as you gear up for the new academic year. We hope to work with you or see you at one of our events in...
June 25, 2021
Summer can be the perfect time for a change of pace and a change of scenery as you focus on writing projects that may have fallen by the wayside during the academic year. This may be especially true as we begin to emerge from the...
May 28, 2021
The top item on my to-do list stayed the same throughout my doctoral research: “Write dissertation.” While this reflected the big picture goal, it was difficult to figure out what “Write dissertation” looked...
May 14, 2021
You’ve reached the point in your PhD program where the next step is to conduct dissertation research domestically or abroad. In this piece, I’d like to provide advice for what you can do this summer to prepare to apply...
April 30, 2021
The end of spring term is in sight! As you gear up to finish up final papers, chapters, and other work, the FWC team has put together some suggestions for music, meditation, and short breaks that can help get you to the finish line...
April 16, 2021
The worst advice I got in graduate school was to write my dissertation to please my committee members. I don’t even know if this was meant as advice, really. I think it was supposed to function more like reassurance. The...
April 2, 2021
In Matt Haig’s 2020 novel The Midnight Library , protagonist Nora Seed receives an opportunity to address decades of regrets, from quitting her band to letting her cat outdoors. This opportunity comes as Nora hovers between...

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