Apply to be an IOP Resident Fellow

Fellows and Study Groups at the Institute of Politics was founded in 1966 as one of the IOP’s oldest programs. Each semester, we are honored to welcome six Resident Fellows to campus, each a leading practitioner in their field of politics and public service. Our Fellows spend the semester leading “study groups,” discussion-style weekly seminars that are not for credit, and interacting with Harvard’s community in a variety of other ways. For more details on the Fellows and Study Groups program, please review this brochure, which details the components of the Fellowship, logistical details, and more. For more information on the study group component of the Fellowship, please review this guide

Many extraordinary individuals have contributed to our Fellows program, and we are honored that you are considering applying. We are confident that our program offers an unparalleled opportunity to join Harvard’s esteemed community, connect and engage with some of the brightest and most inspiring young people in the country, and form relationships with other leading political practitioners who serve as fellow Fellows. Our Fellows are selected through a rigorous and competitive application process that emphasizes genuine passion for mentoring students, an innovative concept for a study group to be conducted over the course of one semester, and commitment to being fully present on Harvard’s campus for roughly ten weeks.

How to Submit an Application

The application for the Fall 2018 Resident Fellows class is now closed.

Application Process Timeline

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST - Deadline to submit applications for Fall 2018 Residential Fellowship.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - All applicants will be informed whether they will be moving forward into the first interview round.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Friday, May 4, 2018 - First round interviews via Skype.

Week of May 14, 2018 - All remaining applicants will be informed whether they will be moving forward into the second interview round.

Weeks of May 21 & 28, 2018 - Second round interviews in-person on Harvard’s campus.

Second round interviews will consist of a “Visit Day” during which candidates will meet with a variety of IOP staff and students, tour Harvard Kennedy School and the broader Harvard University campus, visit the Fellows’ apartments, and more.

Friday, June 1, 2018 - All remaining applicants will be informed whether they have been selected for the Fellowship.

Please contact Abbie James, Fellows Coordinator, with any questions about becoming an IOP Resident Fellow.