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Harvard Traveling Fellowships for Research/Study Abroad

January 14, 2019

Kennedy, Knox, and Sheldon Traveling Fellowships for Dissertation or Post-Graduate Research

The Kennedy, Knox and Sheldon Traveling Fellowships, as they are collectively known, support a full academic year (September-June) of research or study abroad. The competition is open to full-time Harvard graduate/doctoral students or current students who will graduate from one of Harvard’s professional schools by May 2019.

Fellowship recipients are required to live at their research or study destinations for the length of the academic year. The fellowships are not available to support project periods of less than a full academic year.

The terms of the different fellowships stipulate the following:

Sinclair Kennedy Fellowships

Kennedy Fellowships support research at destinations outside of the United States. Students enrolling at foreign universities are not eligible for these funds.

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships

Knox Fellowships support U.S. citizens undertaking research and/or study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the United Kingdom.

Frederick Sheldon Fellowships

Sheldon Fellowships support research, study and/or travel abroad, or, for exceptional projects, within the United States (although not at Harvard University or in the Boston area).


Candidates for the Kennedy, Knox, and Sheldon Traveling Fellowships must submit an online application through Harvard University’s CARAT (Centralized Application for Research and Travel) system. One single CARAT application is sufficient for all three of the fellowships.

Application deadlines and processes vary between schools, programs, and departments, so it is very important to carefully follow the correct guidelines and procedures below for further information about your particular situation.

Guidelines for Master’s and Doctoral Degree Students (non PhDs)
Master’s and doctoral degree candidates (non-Ph.D. candidates) from GSD, GSE, HBS, HDS, HKS, HLS, HMS, HSDM, and HSPH must submit an online application through CARAT and select the fellowship opportunity “CGS Kennedy, Knox, and Sheldon Traveling Fellowship Application for Master’s and Doctoral (non Ph.D.) Degree Candidates“. Download the guidelines above for the specific instructions on how to apply.

*The application deadline for these candidates is Monday, January 14, 2019, EXCEPT the deadline for Ed.D. and Ed.L.D candidates to submit applications is November 30, 2018.

Guidelines for Ph.D. Candidates
All Ph.D. candidates must apply online through CARAT and select the fellowship opportunity “CGS Kennedy, Knox, and Sheldon Traveling Fellowship Application for Ph.D. Candidates Only” to apply. Please consult the GSAS Fellowships page for application instructions, as well as the link to begin your application in CARAT.

Ph.D. candidates must consult their academic department for their department’s specific deadline.