Fully Funded Harvard University 2023 Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program

Written by David on February 16, 2023

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    United States
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    Bachelor's scholarship
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    United States - Cambridge 1280 Massachusetts Avenue 3rd Floor Cambridge, MA 02138 [email protected] +1.617.495.5265  

The Apartheid system prevented South Africans from gaining access to higher education, so in 1979, President Derek Bok established the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) to help meet the needs of South Africans in that situation. This program was designed, and it continues to be aimed at, mid-career professionals in South Africa who have been held back educationally as a result of South Africa’s historical laws and resource allocations.

Currently led by Drew Gilpin Faust, who holds the presidency of the HSAFP, ongoing efforts are being made to broaden the pool of candidates that can participate in the program by increasing the number of institutions and organizations in South Africa to which the HSAFP can extend its reach. In addition, in line with the current constitution of South Africa, the university has broadened the scope of its applicant pool to include any and all citizens of South Africa, irrespective of their racial or ethnic background.


About the Scholarship Provider:

Harvard University, founded in 1636, is often considered to be the best university in the United States. In terms of its influence, prestige, and academic pedigree, it is consistently ranked among the world’s best universities. This is due to the institution’s storied past as a learning institution. Located three miles north of Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the 209-acre Harvard campus is home to ten degree-granting institutions, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, two theaters, and five museums. The site is also home to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. It also contains an estimated 400 million individual manuscript pages, 10 million photographs, 18 million books, 180,000 serial titles, and is home to the greatest academic library collection in the world.

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With the strength of its endowment, the university is able to provide generous financial aid packages, which more than 60% of applicants accept. Harvard has a rigorous admissions process and a hefty sticker price, but the school offers generous financial aid to undergraduates. Sixty percent or so of undergraduates take advantage of these deals. The Harvard Yard dorms are in a prime location, and the Annenberg Dining Commons, where freshmen eat, is a stunning historical building. Harvard’s more than 400 student groups reflect the wide range of interests and academic pursuits of the student body and demonstrate the university’s commitment to student involvement both on and off campus. Harvard student life is jam-packed with exciting and fulfilling opportunities like playing sports at Harvard Stadium, encouraging entrepreneurial spirit at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and contributing to the Harvard Crimson.

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There are currently over 13,000 graduate and professional students, over 16,000 students enrolled in Harvard Extension School, and over 6,600 students enrolled in Harvard College, for a total of over 36,000. Harvard has one of the most internationally and nationally diverse student bodies, with students representing over 50 states and 80 countries. The Harvard University Library houses 20.45 million items, including 180,000 serial volumes, an estimated 400 million manuscript fragments, 10 million pictures, 124 million bookmarked web pages, and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts. It boasts the title of “world’s largest academic library.” As a result, more than sixty percent of Harvard’s first-year students get need-based scholarships, reducing the average cost of attendance to twelve thousand dollars a year.


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Scholarship Sponsor(s): Harvard University 

Scholarship Country: United States

Scholarship Worth: Fully Funded

Study Level:  Fellowship

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • The tuition for the year of study (2023-2024) at one of Harvard’s Professional Schools or Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be waived for fellows once they have been admitted to the school for which they have been awarded a fellowship. The funds for general administrative purposes, including program management, stipends, and travel for the fellow, are provided by the Office of the President, and the Center for African Studies, which is directed by Professor John Mugane, administers these monies. The majority of fellows choose to live at the university’s graduate student housing.


The Gustafsson & Skrondal Visiting Scholarship is administered by the University of Oslo’s Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO). As part of the visiting scholar program, CEMO and the University of Oslo host a number of young researchers from Norway and elsewhere each year.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • The Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) is accepting applications from prospective applicants who meet the following criteria:
  • Applicants who have just earned their first degree or who have not yet earned their first degree are not picked unless they have earned this degree in conjunction with, or subsequent to, experience in the workplace.
  • The average age range for fellows is between 30 and 45 years old.
  • Participants are need to be citizens of South Africa.
  • Applications for the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program are submitted by fellows directly to the relevant department at Harvard University. The applicants who made it to the final round will be interviewed in South Africa by a committee comprised of HSAFP graduates, Center employees, and the CAS Faculty Director. Those who have been selected must subsequently submit an application to the particular Harvard school where they wish to enroll and receive admission there.
  • Candidates should find out well in advance from their employers whether or not they will be able to take time off during the academic year at Harvard in the event that they are given a fellowship there. Students have to normally plan on being in residence at Harvard from the beginning of September through the end of June. On the other hand, certain fellowships demand that fellows move in on the first of July. No prospective employee should agree to an interview without first receiving written confirmation that the required time off will be allotted. The Center does not want to offer fellowships to anyone who could later discover that they are unable to take advantage of the opportunity.
  • Fellows are chosen because they have demonstrated a significant amount of skill in their respective disciplines, and it is anticipated that they will benefit from additional training. Around two hundred fellowships have been bestowed by the Center for African Studies at Harvard University since the start of the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program.



The Harvard University 2023 Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program is open to all International Students


If a student enrolls in one of the degree programs offered by SOAS University of London, they may be eligible to receive a fee waiver award in the amount of £5,000. This award is available to students who are interested in receiving a degree from SOAS University of London.


Application Procedure

  • If you have any further questions regarding the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program, please contact the Africa Office at the Center for African Studies at Harvard University by sending an email to [email protected]. The phrase “HSAFP Enquiry” needs to be included in the subject line of every email.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for  the Harvard University 2023 Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program  is April 15, 2023.


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