Fellowship Program

The Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School offers non-stipendiary fellowships to scholars conducting gender-related research in one of WAPPP's four focal areas: economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education. We welcome applications from both academics and practitioner scholars who have expertise in gender within their field of study or work.

Research Fellowship at the Women and Public Policy 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) and practitioners who demonstrate commitment to promoting gender perspectives in public policy.

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 residency.


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
  2. A curriculum vitae, including publications
  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). If possible, this sample should be pertinent to the application.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. Please ask recommenders to email them as pdfs directly to nicole_carter@harvard.edu.

Applications must be received by WAPPP no later than February 14, 2014 for a fellowship beginning the following September. Applications for the 2014-2015 fellowship must be emailed to Nicole Carter Quinn, Assistant Director, at nicole_carter@harvard.edu.

Selection Process

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

Fellows 2013-2014

May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University Abu Dhabi

Victoria Brescoll, Assistant Professor of organizational behavior, Yale School of Management

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, Joint postdoctoral fellow with the Program on Negotiations, HLS

Joanna Everitt, Professor of Political Science; Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of New Brunswick in Saint John

Stephen Frost, Former Head of Diversity and Inclusion, London Olympics Committee

Berit Gerritzen, Ph.D. candidate in Economics, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Jooa Julia Lee, Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Zoe Marks, Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Center of African Studies

Maliheh Paryavi, Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy, Political Economy and Government, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University and Harvard Kennedy School