FAQs

What if I miss a deadline?

The deadline to apply for the following academic year is November 1. For example, if you are applying for the 2022–23 academic year, the deadline is November 1, 2021. If one of your documents is not uploaded properly or if one of your recommenders is late, please contact Erin Goodman (egoodman@wcfia.harvard.edu). Read more about What if I miss a deadline?

Where do I get information on housing?

The Harvard International Office website offers helpful tips on finding housing in the Greater Cambridge area (http://www.hio.harvard.edu/housing). Once you are accepted into the Program, and if you are interested in Harvard University housing, we recommend you submit an application before May 1. The HIO website offers access to the housing application. In addition, the Weatherhead Center has a staff person who is very knowledgeable about the local housing market, and who can assist you in your search.... Read more about Where do I get information on housing?

What are the expectations for participants in the program?

All participants must be in residence while Harvard classes are in session. For [full] academic year participants, this means being present for the Fall Term from late August (for orientation) through early December, and for the Spring Term from late January through early May. Participants are required to be in residence for a minimum of 4 months. Scholars and Fellows are also expected to participate in the Weatherhead Forum and in the Scholars Program Seminar; to contribute to some of the Center’s many other intellectual activities, including the research clusters; and to engage with the... Read more about What are the expectations for participants in the program?

How much is the program administrative fee?

The standard program administrative fee for the full academic year is $25,000 for practitioners (Fellows) and $10,000 for visiting faculty (Scholars). The program fee can be adjusted for research stays of less than a full academic year. The standard fee for a single semester is $12,500 for practitioners and $5,000 for visiting faculty.

Is there any funding through the Weatherhead Center?

There is funding (monthly stipend plus health insurance) for a small number of postdoctoral researchers. Applicants interested in funding from the Center should indicate this in their cover letter at the time of application.

How much does it cost to participate?

Participants are expected to secure their own funding from sabbatical salary or external grants. They will cover their own living expenses and may be assessed a program administrative fee. The cost of living varies, depending on the type of accommodation. There is a range of apartments in the Cambridge area, including apartments through the Harvard housing office. Please note that there is a May 1 deadline to apply for Harvard housing.