Administrative Fellows Program

  • Administrative Fellows Program
  • Administrative Fellows Program
  • Administrative Fellows Program
  • Administrative Fellows Program
  • Administrative Fellows Program
  • Administrative Fellows Program
  • Administrative Fellows Program
  • Administrative Fellows Program
  • Administrative Fellows Program

Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of our diversity and inclusion efforts. We seek to attract talented professionals, and in particular members of historically underrepresented groups, to promote leadership opportunities and careers in higher education. The University encourages applications from individuals from all backgrounds and is committed to increasing the pipeline of talented individuals and professional opportunities for those interested in careers in higher education and administration. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month talent management experience complemented by a professional development program.

The Program provides participants with opportunities to enhance their professional experiences by both working within an academic environment as a mid-level administrator and working in an area that broadens and deepens previous opportunities. The Program also seeks to enrich and diversify the Harvard and Cambridge communities by bringing innovative talented professionals to and from a variety of geographical and institutional locales.

The Program is in its twenty-eighth year of operation and will draw Fellows from business, government, education, and the professions. Each participant will receive a salary from Harvard University. All costs for the required educational seminar will be covered by Harvard University. Participants must secure and cover the cost of their housing. Participants must be eligible to work in the United States (visa sponsorship cannot be offered).

The 2018-2019 Program will begin in September. The Fellows will be placed in various schools and departments throughout the University. Reflecting the academic and administrative diversity of the Harvard community, assignments for each Fellow will differ. However, individual fellowship needs will be shaped by considering both the school's or department's needs and the participant's career experience. Visiting Fellows are strongly urged to obtain leaves of absence from their current jobs. While the University will make every effort to place successful participants, there is no guarantee of permanent Harvard employment upon completion of the Program.

All fellows will participate in a professional enhancement educational program in addition to a full-time work assignment. The program is designed to augment fellows' skill development, as well as help them in their overall career development. The program focuses specifically on leadership development and includes seminars, group workshops, lectures and case studies delivered by senior administrators and faculty members. In addition, the series also familiarizes the fellows with the day-to-day systems and operations within the Harvard environment and also allows fellows to discover University-wide resources and cultivate professional networks and contacts.

The program is structured to achieve four sets of goals:

  • explicit exposure to senior leadership in higher education
  • greater ability for self-assessment, skill enhancement and career growth and development
  • improved professional networking opportunities
  • specific and valuable experience working in the Harvard University environment

Application Process for Visiting Fellows

1. Applicants must meet basic qualifications and be eligible to work in the United States (visa sponsorship cannot be offered).  Apply online for a particular fellowship position of interest below: (fellowship descriptions to follow)

2. A Statement of Purpose that briefly describes your professional and academic interests as related to employment with Harvard University, and more broadly, the field of Higher Education and how participation in the Administrative Fellowship Program can help advance these interests.  Be sure to explain why you are seeking a Fellowship, what you hope to gain from the experience and how you might contribute to the hiring department.

Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple positions and should customize statement of purpose for each position.

Application Process for Resident Fellows

Resident fellows reflect the diverse, emerging leadership potential for outstanding professionals already in the Harvard Community. Resident fellows must meet the following criteria to apply: exempt level staff members who have a minimum of five years professional experience (with a minimum of 2 years administrative experience at current position in Harvard and in good HR standing) and have completed a baccalaureate degree. Review of applications will be based on professional achievement, a written statement of purpose, and a letter of reference from an immediate supervisor and a human resources representative in the school or department. For the 2018-2019 application, please revisit this page in May 2018