Fully Funded Harvard South Africa Fellowship Programme at Harvard University in USA 2021

Harvard University invites applications for the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Programme (HSAFP) for postgraduate studies in 2021.

President Derek Bok established the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) in 1979 to address the needs of South Africans. That is those who were denied access to advanced education by the apartheid system. This programme 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. This is regardless of ethnicity or race.

Fellows are selected because they have shown considerable skill in their chosen fields, and are expected to benefit from advanced training.  Fellowships are for a year of study in one of Harvard’s Professional Schools or Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. It comes with tuition waivers provided by the School once fellows are admitted.

General administrative funds for program management, stipends, and airfare for the fellow are provided by the Office of the President, and administered by the Center for African Studies, under the directorship of Professor John Mugabe. Since the inception of the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program, the Center for African Studies has awarded over 200 fellowships.

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Worth of Award

  • The fellowship provides for payment of all tuition for the full period of enrollment at Harvard.
  • The fellowship also funds round-trip airfare between the fellow’s home and Boston.
  • A monthly stipend is provided to fellows, with the exception of those enrolled in the Executive Education Programs. This stipend covers the cost of housing and other living expenses; housing is usually in university graduate dormitories.


  • 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 and leadership in their chosen fields. They are expected to benefit from advanced training.
  • Thus, candidates who have just completed, or who have not yet completed, a first degree are not selected. This is unless the degree has been pursued concurrently with, or subsequent to, experience in the workplace.
  • Fellows usually range in age from 30 to 45 years.
  • They must be South African citizens.
  • 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 June. However, some programs require fellows to begin residence on July 1st.
  • No candidate should accept an interview unless assured that such leave will be granted.
  • The Center does not wish to assign fellowships to anyone who subsequently finds it impossible to use the opportunity.
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How to Apply

  • Fellows submit their applications directly to the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program at Harvard University.
  • A committee of HSAFP alumni, Center staff and the CAS Faculty Director will interview the short-listed applicants in South Africa.
  • Successful candidates must then apply to and be admitted to the specific Harvard school where they intend to study.

Deadline: HSAFP applications are due on April 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST. 


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