​Pforzheimer Fellowships


The Harvard Library’s Pforzheimer Fellowships provide an opportunity for graduate students in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences to learn about possible careers in libraries​. Through these fellowships, students discover new ways in which they can provide long-term benefits for the world of learning, while enhancing their own research skills by getting to know a library from the inside. ​​

The Pforzheimer Fellows work closely with skilled librarians and archivists in order to provide expertise on projects proposed by library staff, while learning about the kinds of careers that are now opening up in libraries. 

Twenty-first-century librarianship engages with some of the liveliest areas of intellectual activity, yet most graduate students have little idea of the exciting professional opportunities available in libraries.​

During the two-month fellowships, the Pforzheimer Fellows are assigned a mentor from the Library and work on important projects under the mentor's supervision. While getting to know librarians and librarianship firsthand, they will be expected to assume responsibility for their projects. 

At the end of the summer, the fellows will be asked to submit a final report of this work describing and evaluating their experiences. Fellows will also participate in discussions with each other about their experiences.

These fellowships are in honor Carl H. Pforzheimer III for his generous contributions to Harvard and its libraries.


Check back in early 2019 for application details for the 2019 ​Pforzheimer Fellows​hips.


Practical questions concerning the application process should be addressed to Hannah Blakeman.



More general, academic questions concerning the program may be addressed to Professor Ann Blair.

Recent Fellows

The Pforzheimer Fellowships were awarded for the fifth year in 2018. A small committee, chaired by Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor Ann Blair, administered the program with input from the Harvard Library.

Five fellows were selected and each were granted a stipend of $5,000.​

2018 Fellows

Joseph Gauvreau
International Inventory of Musical Sources Project

Elena Iourtaeva
Freshman Seminar Program Project

Ashley Gonik
Harvard Map Collection 200th Anniversary Project