Summer Grant Program

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Summer Internship Grant Program
Summer 2014

Applications Closed

Please note the March 31, 2014 application deadline has now passed. Applications for internship grants for summer 2014 are no longer being accepted .

The Carr Center supports Harvard Kennedy School students seeking to further their interest in human rights through research and first-hand experiences with our summer internship grant program. The types of work funded by this program not only allow students to gain first-hand experience relevant to their studies, but often prove to be life-changing experience as well. In addition, the talented recipients of these grants provide valuable services to human rights institutions.

While it is not strictly a requirement, ideally, work done as part of a Carr Center-sponsored summer internship is intended to be relevant to and lead towards a student's subsequent PAE/SYPA client relationship.

Who is eligible:

Any first-year Kennedy School MPP, MPA-ID or MPA (two year) student is welcome to apply.

Preference will be given to those internships that bear some relationship to the Carr Center's current programs or initiatives and have human rights as a primary focus.

How to Apply:

Applications for Carr Center funded summer internship grants should be made using the "HKS Common Application" system. This single system simplifies the process of applying for multiple funding opportunities here at the Kennedy School. Click the following link to go to the home page for the HKS Common Application system.

In addition to the basic application requirements common to all funding providers, the HKS Common Application system allows different providers to specify additional application materials that must also be submitted. Along with completing the Common Application basic requirements, applicants for Carr Center funding need to provide the following materials:

  1. a one-page research proposal Also known as a cover letter, this one-page proposal should include a description of the organization, the project, and its relevance to human rights.
  2. your resume
  3. a writing sample Please provide a sample of your written work of no more than 3 pages. The topic of this writing sample need not be related to this application, but should demonstrate your ability to organize and communicate ideas in a thoughtful and persuasive manner. Relevance to a topic related to human rights would be a plus.


The Carr Center's Common Application is due by
5 pm on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Identifying a host organization:

Applicants are responsible for identifying their host human rights organization and negotiating the terms and conditions of their internship.
Obligations are:
  • Grant recipients will be expected to submit a written, publication-quality report of no less than 1000 words about their work to the Carr Center within 60 days of the completion of the internship.

Questions regarding the Summer Internship Grant Program should be directed to:, 617.496.6086.

Prior Year Grant Recipients:

Click here to view a partial list of grant recipients from prior years.