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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.

Each 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]

  • If you are a Harvard student and you are interested in small group discussions with the speaker after our public virtual events, please apply here.

Summer Internship Funding
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]

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 six students to be part of the program during the academic year. Applications open in the fall for current Harvard students only.  [See most recent Ambassadors] 

CID Student Research Volunteer Database
The Center for International Development (CID) supports over 100 faculty affiliates across Harvard. We are in a unique position to connect students and faculty who are passionate about international development. Please fill in your information below if you are interested in sharing your details with faculty looking for research assistance. Note: We will be sharing your information with Harvard faculty for both paid and unpaid research opportunities. 

  • If you're interested, please share your details in this survey. Open to current Harvard students only.

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]

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]