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The Center for International Development cultivates and supports interest in international development at all academic levels. We offer seminar series, travel grants, and special events throughout the year for students across the University.

Every other Friday during the semester, CID hosts the Friday Speaker Series, where academics and practitioners of development from various disciplines and organizations speak on current development issues, followed by a Q&A session. The core audience is masters-level students at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), although all students are welcome. Students are encouraged to play an active role in selecting and inviting seminar speakers. For seminar schedule updates, subscribe to Weekly Events Email. [More]

CID Student Research Scholar Program

What is it?  The Harvard Center for International Development (CID) Student Research Scholar program matches undergraduate and graduate Harvard students with research projects led by CID’s 120+ faculty and PhD student affiliates. It is an excellent opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience working on a research project in international development and make connections with faculty across the University. The program is designed to allow students to apply their existing skillset to a real-world project but will not provide training in the required skills.  

How does it work?  The program accepts rolling applications from both faculty and students. By filling out the student application, your name, skills, and interests will be added to the CID student research scholar database. As soon as a faculty or PhD affiliate submits a request for research assistance, CID will reach out to existing students in our database who are interested in the topic area/region and who possess the required skills. If you are both interested and available to participate at the time, you will be matched to the research project.

  • Research Scholar positions are paid. Open to current undergraduate and master’s Harvard students only.

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Summer Internship Funding

  1. The Harvard International Development Internship Fund (HIDIF) awards modest grants on a competitive basis to first-year HKS MPA/ID students who undertake summer internships on development projects in developing countries (other than their home country). Internships must be full-time for at least eight weeks at one organization in order to be eligible for the HIDIF. [More]
  2. CID's EPoD is launching the Evidence Corps internship program in 2022, which will provide funded international development internship and training opportunities for Harvard students. The aim of the program is to build students’ capacity to use economic evidence and to provide students with a toolkit to make meaningful contributions to development projects. [More]

Student Ambassadors
CID’s Student Ambassador Program offers students who are passionate about international development an opportunity to get involved in the center through its research projects, expert conferences, and outreach efforts, etc. as it seeks to spread research ideas into the world of practice. Ambassadors volunteer their time with the Center by performing a variety of tasks including helping to plan the Speaker Series Seminars each semester, selecting and interacting with high-level visitors, disseminating our research, and interviewing CID guests—helping to promote innovative ideas on international development. CID selects a cohort of students to be part of the program during the academic year. [See most recent Ambassadors] 

  • Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are CLOSED

Master's Degree in International Development
The two-year Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) program at the Harvard Kennedy School is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in international development. It is an economics-centered, multi-disciplinary program, combining rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice. [More]

Working Papers
All Harvard graduate students and postdoctoral fellows affiliated with CID are invited to submit their papers on international development with prior approval from a CID faculty associate. Papers should be job-talk papers and/or papers accepted for presentation at competitive conferences. Drafts of dissertation papers are not accepted unless they satisfy previously stated criteria. [More]