2021 Harvard University Fellowship Program for South Africa Mid-Career Professionals

Deadline: April 15, 2020.

President Derek Bok established the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) in 1979 to address the needs of South Africans who were denied access to advanced education by the apartheid system. This program was established, and is still intended, for mid-career professionals educationally disadvantaged by past laws and resource allocations in South Africa. HSAFP seeks to expand its reach to institutions and organizations across South Africa in a continued effort to draw the broadest possible range of candidates for the program. In addition, the University – reflecting the current South African constitution – has expanded its applicant pool to extend to all South Africans, regardless of ethnicity or race.


1. The HSAFP was conceived largely to provide educational enrichment for men and women in mid-career, that is, individuals in various occupations who have shown considerable skill in their chosen fields and leadership and are expected to benefit from advanced training.

2. Thus candidates who have just completed, or who have not yet completed, a first degree are not selected unless this degree has been pursued concurrently with, or subsequent to, experience in the workplace. F

3. ellows usually range in age from 30 to 45 years.

4. Fellows must be South African citizens.


1. The fellowship provides for payment of all tuition for the full period of enrollment at Harvard.

2. The fellowship also funds round-trip airfare between the fellow’s home and Boston.

3. A monthly stipend is provided to fellows, with the exception of those enrolled in the Executive Education Programs, to cover the cost of housing and other living expenses. Housing is usually in university graduate dormitories.


1. Complete the application on CARAT and upload the necessary documents through the “Uploads” tab. 

2. Submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted through the “Uploads” tab on CARAT. Transcripts must show the grades and course titles for all your post-secondary coursework. 

3. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted by recommenders through the “References” tab on CARAT. Alternatively, recommenders can e-mail the letters directly to Rosaline Salifu, Program Manager.

4. An academic essay and a personal statement must be submitted through the “Uploads” tab on CARAT.

  • Academic Essay: Briefly describe an important issue  relevant to your field of interest and South Africa, where possible. Propose a theoretical framework or strategy to address this issue. Applicants seeking admission into the Special Student or Visiting Fellow GSAS Programs should use this academic essay to describe their research and attach a description of their relevant coursework. Minimum 500 words, Maximum 1000 words.
  • Personal Statement: Tell us something about yourself – in particular, why you wish to study at Harvard University and how doing so connects with what you have done in the past and what you plan to do in the future with your career in South Africa. Applicants seeking admission into the Special Student program should use this personal statement to explain how coursework and research opportunities at Harvard University will strengthen their doctoral work and teaching at their home institution. Minimum 250 words, Maximum 750 words.
  • The Academic Essay and the Personal Statement should be typed in a standard font and font size (10 to 12 point).  Essays should also be double-spaced.
  • Include your full name on the top of each page and your signature at the end of the Academic Essay and the Personal Statement.

5. Submit a copy of your most recent resume/CV with your application through the “Uploads” tab on CARAT.

6. Complete the Education and Professional Experience Form (also available in CARAT instructions) with your post-secondary education history and professional experience including all necessary details. Upload the form through the “Uploads” tab on CARAT.



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