The Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus Public Service Fellowship

The Fellowship is made possible with the support of The Open Gate .

Who is Eligible:

Anyone who is a current full-time student of any school of Harvard University. 

Terms of the Award:

The fellowship is a one-time grant of $5,000 made to an individual to educate, organize or otherwise benefit the GLBT community during the summer of 2012. Work can be independent or within an existing nonprofit organization (see below). Thesis research projects will not be funded. Partisan campaign activity may not be eligible. 

How to Apply:

Scan the following documents and send them together as a set in PDF format: 

  • Cover letter, including name, address, phone number, email address, school, year, synopsis of project, and signature
  • Academic transcript
  • 1-page resume
  • Essay of no more than 1000 words describing your project and its benefit to the LGBT community
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One-page budget detailing use of the $5,000 award
  • Optional: A letter from the organization with which you plan to work during the scope of the award, if applicable


The set of scanned documents must be received no later than Monday, April 9, 2012, at 5:00pm. Please send it to Prof. Michael S. Flier at

Award Notification:

Winner will be notified by the end of April. Winner will be required to submit a final digital report by e-mail to Prof. Flier by October 15, 2012, including a letter from an organization or individual benefited by the winner's efforts. In addition, the winner may be asked to attend one HGLC Board meeting and one local HGLC meeting in the fall of 2012. 

Projects funded in past competitions
  • Registration of GLBT voters in South Florida
  • Creation of a website providing high school students with GLBT-related information about American colleges and universities
  • Improving services and programs at shelters for abandoned GLBT youth in greater Boston area
  • Creation of materials for teachers in high schools for use in preventing hate crimes against GLBT youth
  • Producing a resource manual for GLBT youth, teachers, counselors, and official institutions in rural America
  • Project to organize and maintain the effectiveness of a lesbian support group in Salvador, Brazil
  • Tracking press coverage, manning the hotline, and lobbying at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD); lobbying and fundraising for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)

Existing fundable projects from selected nonprofit organizations

As noted above, an applicant may receive funding for a devised project or one already arranged by an organization whose purpose is to aid and support the GLBT community. We have provided a selected list of such organizations that may be of interest to potential applicants, whom we encourage you to contact.