Fellowship

Group photo of 2016-17 AFP Fellows and H-OAP staff

Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of our diversity and inclusion efforts.  We seek to attract talented professionals, and in particular members of historically underrepresented groups, to promote leadership opportunities and careers in higher education.  The University encourages applications from individuals from all backgrounds and is committed to increasing the pipeline of talented individuals and professional opportunities for those interested in careers in higher education and administration. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month talent management experience complemented by a professional development program.


The Program provides participants with opportunities to enhance their professional experiences by both working within an academic environment as a mid-level administrator and working in an area that broadens and deepens previous opportunities. The Program also seeks to enrich and diversify the Harvard and Cambridge communities by bringing innovative talented professionals to and from a variety of geographical and institutional locales.

The Program is in its twenty-sixth year of operation and will draw Fellows from business, government, education, and the professions. Each participant will receive a salary from Harvard University. All costs for the required educational seminar will be covered by Harvard University. Participants must secure and cover the cost of their housing.  Participants must be eligible to work in the United States (visa sponsorship cannot be offered).

The 2017-2018 Program will begin in September. The Fellows will be placed in various schools and departments throughout the University. Reflecting the academic and administrative diversity of the Harvard community, assignments for each Fellow will differ. However, individual fellowship needs will be shaped by considering both the school's or department's needs and the participant's career experience. Visiting Fellows are strongly urged to obtain leaves of absence from their current jobs. While the University will make every effort to place successful participants, there is no guarantee of permanent Harvard employment upon completion of the Program.

Fellows will participate in a seminar series in addition to a full-time work assignment. Seminars, lectures, and case studies have been designed to enhance management and administrative skills and to assist in self-assessment and development. The overall goal of the education program is to encourage Fellows to assess their own career development and to generate strategies for advancement.