THE FELLOWSHIP YEAR
The Fellowship is an independent study program. Fellows audit courses and may use any library in the Harvard University system. They are free to read, conduct research, write, interview faculty, create and manage symposia and pursue other activities they believe will advance their professional growth. Fellows are expected to fulfill the requirements of courses they audit, attend all Fellowship seminars and dinners, find ways to engage with students and faculty and complete a program evaluation including a report on their work plan accomplishments at the end of the year.
The Work Plan
Each Fellow develops his or her individual work plan with input from the Curator, advice from the previous class of Fellows and suggestions from classmates. The plan is periodically reviewed and updated during the year. At the end of the year a summary of the results of the work plan is included in the final program evaluation.
Fellows are expected to audit at least one course each semester at the GSD. The decision about how many and which courses to take is dependent on the work plan of each Fellow. These decisions are undertaken in conversation with the Curator, the previous class of Fellows and classmates. While the focus of activity is at the GSD, Fellows may audit courses at Harvard College, any of the 10 Harvard graduate schools and MIT. Fellows may not take courses for academic credit and may not be enrolled in a degree program.
The Fellows’ seminars bring the class together once a week to discuss and debate ideas and share their work. Some of the seminars are organized by and for the Fellows only, and some are open to the GSD community and the public. Fellows organize the public seminars on subjects of interest, often bringing outside colleagues to the school to discuss and present innovative projects and ideas.
Following longstanding tradition, the class hosts a weekly or bi-weekly dinner with an invited guest from the professional or academic community. These are opportunities for lively and engaging conversation held in the Doebele House dining room.
Study Tours and Travel
For the past 14 years the class has embarked on an international study tour to exchange ideas with professionals and leaders in other countries. The Loebs travel with a spring semester GSD studio and to serve as mentors to the students throughout the semester.
Watch Extreme Urbanism: Reimagining Mumbai’s Back Bay, about a 2011 Studio Option course trip led by Professor Rahul Mehrotra.
Each fall a study tour is organized by Loeb alumni. Visits to program and project sites and panel discussions with local design and policy leaders introduce the participants to an intensive Loeb’s eye view of a place. Stimulating debates and the sharing of innovative ideas are interwoven with more informal networking and visiting. These tours are to destinations in continental North America. Read some reflections about the 2014 Fall Study Tour to New Orleans.
Fellows often use the GSD's January Term as an opportunity to test ideas, advance projects of interest to them, collaborate with students and share expertise with the GSD community by offering J-term Courses. The courses range from brief workshops to weeklong classes. 2015 topics ranged from Living with Water to Cultural Entrepreneurship to Urban Park Stewardship. Learn more about recent J-term courses.