Research Fellowship 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). Fellows include doctoral, post-doctoral, and faculty. 

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 office space.


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 whether you are seeking a residential (office space) or non-residential fellowship; and desired fellowship term (full academic year, fall term only, spring term only, other to be discussed).
  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 1, 2022 for a fellowship beginning September 2022. Applications for the 2022 - 2023 year must be emailed to Laura Botero at with the subject "WAPPP Research Fellowship Application."

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee, and awards will be announced in 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 in mid-April 2022.