Work On! WAPPP Research Fellowship Program (deadline Feb. 13)

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) offers non-stipendiary fellowships to exceptional scholars who are conducting gender-related research in one of WAPPP’s four focal areas (economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education) and practitioners who demonstrate commitment to promoting gender perspectives in public policy.

By conducting research and engaging with faculty and students at Harvard Kennedy School and beyond, the fellows enrich the intellectual life of the center. In past years, the fellowship program has brought together a diverse set of people from academic and professional fields, and supported their studies related to gender. The mission of the fellowship is to support and advance academic and practitioner scholars in their gender-related research.


The Women and Public Policy Program Fellows are expected to participate actively in WAPPP seminars and to attend and present papers at other seminars relevant to their interests. Research fellows will also be expected to complete a book, monograph, scholarly article or other significant publication during their period of residence.


The Women and Public Policy Program fellowship does not offer a stipend. Office space in the WAPPP suite will be offered on a case-by-case basis. Please note in your cover letter whether or not you would like to be considered for residency.


Applicants for the Women and Public Policy Program Fellowship should submit one complete copy of the following items:

  1. A cover letter with current email address, and phone number; please also list the HKS faculty member(s) with whom you would like to collaborate during your fellowship and whether you are seeking a residential (office space) or non-residential fellowship.
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A description of the proposed project including the background, nature, importance, specific objectives, and methodology of the project, no longer than five pages;
  4. One writing sample (multiple samples will not be considered) pertinent to the application; and
  5. Two letters of recommendation addressed to the WAPPP Research Fellow Selection Committee and emailed by the recommender to

Applications must be received by WAPPP no later than February 13, 2015 for a fellowship beginning the following September. Applications for the 2015-2016 year must be emailed to Nicole Carter Quinn, Associate Director, at

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee, and awards will be announced in early April. While being considered for a Women and Public Policy Program fellowship, please inform us if you receive another fellowship.

Notification Process

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decisions by early April.