Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program 2024-25 (Stipends Available) | Apply Now

As a mid-career professional, have you been adversely affected by past laws and resource allocations in South Africa? If yes, we strongly advise you to apply for the 2025 Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program. The Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program was founded in 1979 by Harvard University President Derek Bok to meet the needs of South Africans who were denied admission to higher education due to the apartheid system.

Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program

Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program

This program was developed in direct response to the powerful movement that Harvard faculty and students made during the divestment movements of the 1970s. Talented South Africans can still access intellectual resources through the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program, which aims to give fellows a “transformational experience” at Harvard University.

The Fellowship duration is one (1) year of study in one of Harvard’s Professional Schools or Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The recruitment process and interviews for the HSAFP fellows are held annually with the support of the Center for African Studies’ Africa Office in Johannesburg.


  • Fellows are expected to gain from advanced training because they have demonstrated a high level of expertise in their chosen disciplines.
  • After being accepted, fellows receive tuition exemptions from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences or one of Harvard’s Professional Schools for a year of study.
  • The Office of the President provides general administrative monies for program management, stipends, and fellows’ airfare, which are managed by the Center for African Studies, which is led by Professor John Mugane.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be South African citizens or lawful permanent residents.
  • The Fellowship is designed for middle-aged professionals who have been denied access to school due to previous policies and resource distributions in South Africa.
  • Mid-career applicants from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups including those from rural areas outside of urban centers, will be given preference.
  • The best applicants are those who aspire to be role models for moral leadership, share their knowledge, and act as a catalysts for change in both their local communities and South Africa.
  • Those who are just interested in the program to further their personal career goals by obtaining a professional certification or advanced degree are not the best candidates.
  • Upon the completion of their fellowship, alumni of the program are expected to remain involved and serve as ambassadors for the fellowship.

How to Apply

Visit the application page at https://africa.harvard.edu/application to access the application

The application process requires applicants to provide the following details:

  • General Information
  • Contact information
  • Education History
  • Employment History
  • Short Answers of 250 words maximum

For more information, visit the official website at https://africa.harvard.edu/south-africa-fellowship-program

Documents Required

  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Transcripts
  • Writing Samples
  • An academic essay
  • A personal statement.
  • Two Letters Of Recommendation

HSAFP Application Time

  • HSAFP application (2025-2026 Cohort) Timeline
  • February 1, 2024: Call for HSAFP application
  • April 15, 2024: HSAFP applications Deadline (at 11:59pm EST)
  • April – May, 2024: Review of Applications
  • June 15, 2024A: Notification of selected Candidates
  • June – July, 2024: Interviews for shortlisted candidates
  • July 31, 2024: Notification of Candidates as a Harvard South Africa Fellow finalist
  • September – December 2024: Application to the Harvard program

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