2021 - 2022 Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program

President Derek Bok established the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) in 1979 to address the needs of South Africans who were denied access to advanced education by the apartheid system.


This program was established, and is still intended, for mid-career professionals educationally disadvantaged by past laws and resource allocations in South Africa.

Under the current presidency of Drew Gilpin Faust, the HSAFP seeks to expand its reach to institutions and organizations across South Africa in a continued effort to draw the broadest possible range of candidates for the program.

In addition, the University – reflecting the current South African constitution – has expanded its applicant pool to extend to all South Africans, regardless of ethnicity or race.

Fellows are selected because they have shown considerable skill in their chosen fields, and are expected to benefit from advanced training.  

Fellowships are for a year of study in one of Harvard’s Professional Schools or Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, with tuition waivers provided by the School once fellows are admitted. 

General administrative funds for program management, stipends, and airfare for the fellow are provided by the Office of the President, and administered by the Center for African Studies, under the directorship of Professor John Mugane.

Since the inception of the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program, the Center for African Studies has awarded over 200 fellowships.

If you apply for a fellowship during the 2020 application cycle and you are selected as a finalist, you must then apply for admission to your program for the following academic year of 2021-2022. 

If admitted to the program, your fellowship will be awarded for 2021-22.


CLOSING: April 15, 2020

HSAFP applications DUE (at 11:59pm EST)

May 1 – 31, 2020 Applications reviewed by program staff

Early June 2020 Applicants notified if they have been selected for an interview

July 16-17, 2020 (subject to change)Expected timing for interviews in South Africa

Early August 2020 Interviewed candidates are notified if they have been selected as a Harvard South Africa Fellow finalist

September 2020 – December 2020 Selected finalists apply directly to the Harvard program they are interested in attending

January 2021 – April 2021 Candidates typically hear about their admissions decision from the Harvard School to which they applied

Beginning July – August 2021 Most Harvard South Africa Fellows’ academic programs at Harvard begin

May 2022 Fellows at Harvard for one-year programs complete their academic year at the University

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