Traub-Dicker-HKS Research Fellowship

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.

Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellowship

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.


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)
Application: For details of the application process, go to the Carr Center's web site and look under "Opportunities"  -> “Summer Fellows Program." Go There Now

Past Recipients

2013: The 2013 Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowship 
Awarded to Stephen J. Frost.
2011: The 2011 Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowships 
Awarded to David Dodge and Daniel Rotman.
2010: The 2010 Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowships 
Awarded to Sarah Bouchat and Tommy Tseng
2009: The 2009 Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowships 
Awarded to Baylee DeCastro and Benjamin Hall.