The Community Service Fellowship Program (CSFP) provides opportunities for GSD students to apply the skills they have developed in their academic programs through direct involvement with projects that address public needs and community concerns at the local, national or international level.   The students get exposure to new challenges and methods of working, and are encouraged to explore connections between the research interests they pursue at School and existing community needs.

The Program also provides an opportunity for students to defray their tuition costs while gaining relevant work experience.

Through this program, students can apply for summer employment fellowships in agencies/organizations that address issues that serve the public interests of communities. It is intended to increase and enhance the school’s contact with, and relationship to, the outside world and to offer students an opportunity to explore new uses and applications for the skills they have acquired through studies at the GSD.

All GSD students with appropriate work experience, who will be returning to the GSD in the fall following the Fellowship, are eligible to apply.  There are two types of fellowships.

Summer Internship Community Service Fellowships

Students in the Summer Internship CSFP Program work with community organizations, federal and state agencies, and non-profit institutions, which benefit from student assistance with design, research and/or planning projects that they would not ordinarily be able to afford.
Students who are awarded a Summer Internship Fellowship earn $7,000 for 10 week internships in the U.S.

International Travel CSFP Fellowships

Students who are awarded an International Travel Community Fellowship will be working as volunteers in nonprofits or governments outside of the U.S. If selected, the student is awarded full or partial cost of airfare to their international destination.

All applications are carefully reviewed by Committee. The fellowships are competitive and we cannot guarantee funding to every student who applies for a community service fellowship.

For more information, please visit the Harvard GSD CSFP website

View recent Community Service Fellowship sites and student experiences