The Harvard South Africa Fellowship (HSAFP) invites South Africans to apply for its 2014 fully-funded fellowship intended for South Africans who in the past were educationally disadvantaged by law and resource allocation under apartheid. Harvard funds these fellowships from its own resources. Over the years more than one hundred and forty fellowships have been awarded to South Africans.
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.
  • A monthly stipend is provided to fellows, except those enrolled in the Executive Education Programs, to cover the cost of housing and other living expenses.
  • Housing is usually 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 other expenses such as medical and dental insurance, medicines, taxes, food, winter clothing, books and supplies.
  • Fellows are held personally responsible for the payment of all bills other than tuition fees and airfare.
  • Fellows should also be aware that their stipends will have a significant amount of taxes taken out before they receive the funds
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  Fellows usually range in age from 30 to 45 years.

How to apply

  • Fellows submit their applications directly to the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program at Harvard University. application form.
  • A committee of HSAFP alumni, Harvard alumni and the CAS Faculty Chair 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 June. However, some programs require fellows to begin residence on 1st July.
  •  No candidate should accept an interview unless assured that such leave will be granted. The committee does not wish to assign fellowships to anyone who subsequently finds it impossible to use the opportunity.
  • Submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. You may upload these or have them mailed directly.
  • Transcripts must show the grades and course titles for all your post-secondary coursework. Copies of diplomas are NOT required.
  • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted.
  • Letters of recommendation should be attached to the HSAFP Recommendation Form.
  • Letters can be submitted by email to [email protected]


  • An academic essay and a personal statement must be submitted.
  • 2013 Academic essay topic: Briefly describe an important issues in your field of interest or a current problem facing South Africa. Propose a theoretical framework or strategy to address this issue. Applicants seeking admission into the Special Student Program should use this academic essay to describe their research and attach a description of their relevant coursework. Minimum 500 words, Maximum 1000 words. This may change in 2014.
  • Download Recommendation Forms here.
  • 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.
  • Include a copy of your most recent resume/CV with your application.

Deadline: Application closes on March/April 2014. Please check back in the next few weeks when they would have fixed a deadline

For details and to apply online, click here.