Application 2021-2022
Given the additional disruptions caused by COVID during this academic year,
we have decided to extend the application deadline.
All application materials must be submitted on or before the deadline of
January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Harvard University offices will be closed on Monday, December 21, 2020 through Friday, January 1, and will reopen Monday, January 4, 2021. 

The Center's Science and Innovation Fellowship supports the dissertation research of advanced Harvard doctoral students whose work aligns with the Center’s mission, which is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. Students from the biological and social sciences (e.g., HMS, T.H. Chan, GSAS) as well as Harvard’s professional schools (e.g., HKS, HLS, HBS, and HGSE) are eligible to apply.
Candidates should have excellent academic records and defined research interests related to early childhood health, learning, and behavior. Priority will be given to candidates whose work aligns with the Center’s mission, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and offers promising new thinking in support of the healthy development of children and their families. 
Browse the Center's Science section to explore topics of interest relevant to our mission. Examples of domains of research that have been supported include but are not limited to: Reducing or buffering effects of stress on caregiving or early childhood development, building resilience and promoting protective factors in early childhood, investigating gene-environment interactions and implications for early childhood health, learning, and behavior.
Because the fellowship experience is designed around a cohort model that prioritizes development of a learning community, fellows are expected to participate in person at all fellowship activities, which take place monthly over the course of the fellowship year (September 2021-June 2022).
Each prospective applicant is asked to identify a Harvard faculty mentor whose responsibilities include providing input on the fellowship year work plan and helping to identify an interdisciplinary group of university faculty to provide feedback at the fellow’s capstone academic roundtable presentation. There is an expectation that significant progress will be made on the fellow’s research during the year; specific benchmarks will be determined individually with input from the faculty mentor. Your mentor will need to be an on-site Harvard professor to maximize engagement and participation for the duration of the fellowship year.
For more information about the fellowship and application requirements, including Frequently Asked Questions, click here or contact
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Statement of Interest

The Statement of Interest consists of three required sections (approx. 550 words/section):
  • Personal Essay: Introduce yourself, including your career aspirations, and why you are interested in the Center's Science and Innovation Fellowship.
  • Research Focus and Its Implications: Describe your research question(s) and methods, paying particular attention to the scope of work you will focus on during the fellowship year. Explain what implications your research will have on early childhood development. How and why will your research push the field toward actionable change?
  • Leadership Capacity and Vision: Share your leadership experiences and background.  In what ways can this fellowship strengthen your existing leadership skills and capacity to serve as a change agent in your field?  Discuss how the fellowship experience might promote, deepen, or advance your capacity to develop interdisciplinary thinking and practice knowledge translation to catalyze innovative thinking and action in your field.

Official Transcript

E-versions of Transcripts only will be accepted in 2021-2022. Do not mail hard copies.

For more information about ordering transcripts visit the application FAQs
or visit National Student Clearninghouse FAQs on Transcript Ordering Help here:

Harvard University offices will be closed for the end of year break from Monday, December 21, 2020 until January 1, 2021 and will not reopen until Monday, January 4, 2021. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials 
reach the Center prior to the application deadline. Ordering, processing, and delivery may take up to 2-4 weeks, so please plan ahead.
Letter of Recommendation
Your letter of recommendation must be from an on-site Harvard faculty member who has agreed to serve as your fellowship mentor for the duration of the fellowship year if you are selected.

Your Harvard faculty fellowship mentor should complete the letter on department letterhead, and email it as a PDF to: by the application deadline. Suggested email subject line: "SIF.Rec.Ltr.StudentLastName"

For more information about recommendation guidelines and requirements for Harvard faculty mentors, visit the application FAQs.

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