Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program - 2020/2021

Closing Date:

Bursary Details

The Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) was established in 1979, for mid-career professionals who were previously disadvantaged by apartheid laws.

The Fellowship Program has awarded more than 200 fellowships since its establishment, and it is open to South Africans of any race and ethnicity.

In order to be selected, fellows must be in the age range of 30-45 years and show significant skill in their chosen field. The fellowship is offered to recipients for a year of study at Harvard's schools or Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Closing date: 15 April 2020

Candidate Requirements

  • Be an individual who shows a considerable amount of skill in your chosen fields and leadership 
  • Be a South African citizen
  • Age range: 30-45 years
  • Candidates who have just completed, or have not yet completed, their first degree will not be selected (unless the degree has been completed concurrently with experience in the workplace)


Bursary Enquiries

There is more information available on the HSAFP Frequently Asked page.

Should you have more queries, email AfricaOffice@Harvard.edu or call +27 87 701 0715

Conditions of Bursary

The Fellowship is only open for the following degree programs:

  • Master of Public Administration - Harvard Kennedy School
  • Master of Laws - Harvard Law School
  • Master of Public Health - Harvard School of Public Health

Bursary Inclusion

  • Tuition
  • Monthly stipend 
  • Air fare

How to Apply

The application is available online, hosted on CARAT (Centralized Application for Research and Travel).

  • search "HSAFP" for the application.
  • If you are not a Harvard affiliate, you must register for an XID before applying.
  • Create an XID login
  • This ID can then be used to apply on CARAT
  • Complete the application form


  • Transcripts - displaying grades and course titles (You are not required to provide copies of your diploma)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Your education & experience
  • Writing samples: Academic essay & Personal statement

Academic essay

  • describe an important issue that is relevant to your field of interest and South Africa, if possible.
  • Propose a theoretical framework or strategy to address this issue. 
  • Minimum 500 words, Maximum 1000 words.
  • Typed in a standard font and font size (10 to 12 point).  Essays should also be double-spaced.

Personal Statement

  • Tell us something about yourself – why you wish to study at Harvard University and how doing so connects with what you have done in the past and what you plan to do in the future with your career in South Africa.
  • Minimum 250 words, Maximum 750 words

Include your full name on the top of each page and your signature at the end of the Academic Essay and the Personal Statement.

Field of Study: Law


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