The Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) opens for applications for South Africans who were educationally disadvantaged by law and resource allocation under apartheid.

In 1979, Harvard University began awarding these fellowships for a year of study in one of its faculties or schools.These fellowships are supported through the resources at Harvard University.

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 would benefit from advanced training.


  • Candidates who have just completed, or who have not yet completed a first degree, are not selected unless this degree is being pursued concurrently with, or subsequent to, experience in the workplace.
  • Fellows usually range from 30- to 45-years-old Fellows submit their applications directly to the Harvard University Center for African Studies.
  • A committee of HSAFP alumni and the Director of the Program at Harvard will interview the short-listed applicants in South Africa.
  • Successful candidates must then apply to and be admitted at the specific Harvard school where they intend to study.
  • Applicants should determine well in advance whether, if awarded a fellowship, they can be granted leave by their employers for Harvard’s academic year.

They should generally plan to be in residence at Harvard from September until May. However, some programs require fellows to begin residence on July 1st and others are for shorter periods of time.

No candidate should accept an interview unless assured that such leave will be granted. The selection committee does not wish to assign fellowships to anyone who subsequently finds it impossible to use the opportunity.

Each candidate must have a valid passport.

If candidates who are awarded fellowships do not apply or do not receive admission to a specific Harvard program, the fellowship is void. Applicants are advised to read about the fellowship’s eligible Harvard programs on their respective websites to ensure that the program to which they apply matches their academic and professional qualifications as well as career aspirations. research.

Worth of Award

  • The fellowship provides for payment of all tuition for the full period of enrollment at Harvard.
  • The fellowship also funds the round-trip airfare between the fellow’s home and Boston, as well as a modest monthly stipend ($2,700 per month for semester and yearlong programs; $150 per week for HBS Executive Education Programs) for the time during which the fellow is officially registered at Harvard.
  • Fellows will likely have higher start-up expenses upon arrival, with additional expenses in May with graduation.
  • Fellows may elect to stay in University graduate dormitories. Please note that housing costs in the Boston/Cambridge area are extremely high, and the stipend only covers bare necessities.
  • The monthly stipend must also be used to pay for other expenses such as medical insurance, food, winter clothing, books and supplies.
  • Fellows are held personally responsible for the payment of all bills other than tuition fees and airfare.
  • Fellowship funds do not allow for family support, whether or not family members join the fellow at Harvard, and are strongly discouraged from bringing their family with them to Harvard.
  • The cost of housing a family in Boston/Cambridge is considerably higher than the rental charge of one individual in a graduate dormitory—the rate used in calculating the monthly stipend. As a result, applicants for the fellowship should seriously consider whether they are prepared to spend an academic year at Harvard apart from their families. Executive Education Programs, in particular, will not allow a student to live with his or her family during the oncampus sessions of its program.

Eligible Degree Programmes

  • Mid-Career Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School MC/MPA @ HKS is an intensive program designed to increase the knowledge and skills of well established, highperforming professionals, who seek to enhance their public service careers or to move from the private sector to a leadership position in either the public or non-profit sectors.
  • Master of Laws, Harvard Law School LLM @ HLS is a flexible program interested in attracting intellectually curious and thoughtful candidates from a variety of legal systems and backgrounds and with various career plans.
  • Master of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health MPH-45 @ HSPH is designed for public health leaders, who aspire to high-level roles in state, federal, international health or the private sector. This demanding, interdisciplinary program emphasizes student-directed learning, problem solving, and the acquisition of fundamental public health skills.

Non-Degree Programmes

  • Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School AMP @ HBS provides the latest management concepts and tools to transform senior executives into indispensable leaders. Participants leave with a broader vision of success; equipped to make the tough decisions required to position their organizations for growth and profitability.
  • General Management Program, Harvard Business School GMP @ HBS helps participants master new skills, explore diverse perspectives, and develop new leadership styles; transforming them into outstanding business leaders who can lead their organizations with new skills, judgment, and confidence.
  • Program for Leadership Development, Harvard Business School PLD @ HBS equips functional managers with the advanced decision-making and execution skills they need to excel as multifaceted leaders. Participants emerge well equipped to take on greater cross-functional responsibilities and ultimately drive performance throughout the organization.
  • Special Student or Visiting Fellow Status, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences These programs are geared toward students interested in contributing to a degree at a home institution abroad or strengthening their academic background before applying to graduate degree programs. Visiting Fellow @ GSAS is an individual intending to do research who holds a doctorate, or equivalent professional experience, or is an advanced doctoral student who has completed required coursework. Special Student @ GSAS is an individual wishing to take coursework at Harvard who has sound academic and/or professional reasons for not wishing to enter a degree program. For more information about the difference between these programs, please vi

How to Apply


  • The application form should be filled in on your computer; the form is an editable PDF and should be emailed directly to [email protected] along with required materials below.
  • Submit all five pages of the application form.
  • Sign and date the fifth page of the application form. Unsigned applications will be disqualified. You may use an electronic signature or you should print out, sign and scan in the document, emailing a copy of the saved scan.


  • Submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended.
  • Transcripts must show the grades and course titles for all your post-secondary coursework.
  • Please do not send in copies of proof of degree completion (i.e. diplomas or certificates of completion). These will not be reviewed.


  • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted.
  • Letters of recommendation should be attached to the HSAFP Recommendation Form (included). The forms may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed directly to the Cambridge office.


  • 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.
  • Please see page 9 for more information on these pieces of writing.

RESUME/CV: Include a copy of your most recent resume/CV with your application.

  •  Completed applications, supplemental materials and recommendation letters should be emailed to [email protected] OR mailed to:
  • Center for African Studies at Harvard University Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program CGIS South Building 1730 Cambridge Street, 4th Floor Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
  • Specific queries regarding this application should be sent to Rosaline Salifu at mailto:[email protected] By mail: Center for African Studies Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program CGIS South Building 1730 Cambridge Street, Room 403 Cambridge, MA 02138

Deadline: To be considered for a 2018-2019 Fellowship cohort, please submit applications by: February 28, 2017.

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