Summer Fellows Program


Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Summer Fellowship Program

I. The Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellowship Opportunities Available: 2


Applications Closed

Please note the March 1, 2013 application deadline has now passed. Applications for Traub-Dicker-HKS fellowships for summer 2013 are no longer being accepted.

Opportunities Available: 2
Funding Status: $4,000 grant award per fellowship
Area of Concentration: Public Policy affecting LGBT communities
Timeframe: Summer 2013 (June 1 - September 30)

Each summer, the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program will award up to two Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellowships to Harvard Kennedy School students conducting original research on policies affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Fellowship research will be supervised by Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

The Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellowships have been made possible by the generous support of Margaret Traub, Harvard College Class of 1980, and her partner Phyllis Dicker.

Funding: The Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellowship comes with a grant award of $4000. The full grant amount will be distributed in two installments: $3000 at the beginning of the summer (June 1); and $1000 at the start of the following fall term (September 1).

Eligibility: This summer research fellowship is only open to current Harvard Kennedy School students.
Selection: Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellows will be chosen by a committee that includes: Ms. Traub; Dr. McCarthy; and the Carr Center Executive Director. 

Overview: The goal of the fellowship is to allow its recipients to produce a serious, original, and possibly publishable piece of policy research. Recipients will be expected to meet with Dr. McCarthy, faculty advisor of the fellowship, before the commencement of the research, periodically throughout the summer, and as early as possible upon returning to campus in September. Fellows have the option to choose whether their research will be limited to a summer-term project, or if they want to use this research opportunity to begin work on their Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE). In they choose the former, fellows will be expected to submit a final report on their research findings by September 30. If they use their research for the PAE, they will submit a final copy of the PAE, along with a short report, by May 1. There is no requirement or expectation that the recipients will remain in residence at the Carr Center throughout the summer, but if they choose to do so, they will have access to Carr Center resources, including work space, xeroxing, fax, computer, and phone resources.

Duration: Summer 2013 (June 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013) 

Fellowship winners will be announced after spring break.

More Information:

This fellowship is administered by the Carr Center's Sexuality, Gender & Human Rights Program. More Information regarding the fellowship can be found on the Traub-Dicker Research Fellowship page in the SG&HR program web site. Go There Now

Application Procedure for Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Fellowships

Deadline: Friday, March 1 by 11:59pm
Submit (via email) to:
Format: Electronic copies only. Please note that hard copies will not be considered.
  1. cover letter with names and contact information for two references (at least one of these should be an academic advisor)
  2. a current resume or curriculum vita
  3. A 3-5-page proposal that includes a description of research topic and its significance for LGBT-related public policy, a list of 2-3 research questions, an explanation of research methodology, and a short bibliography of relevant scholarly literature.
Please Note:

Completed applications must be received at the Carr Center by 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2013. Applicants bear full responsibility for ensuring that all materials are received by the due date and will not be notified of incomplete applications.

Contact Information: Timothy McCarthy
(617) 384-9023
More information: Go to the Traub-Dicker Research Fellowship page in the SG&HR program web site. Go There Now