​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​.

About the Fellowship

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 also 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. 

21st 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, which will run this year from June 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019, 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. Each Pforzheimer Fellow will be granted a stipend of $5,000.

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.

Any graduate student in the humanities and social sciences who has been enrolled at Harvard from one to five years may apply.

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


Apply

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Pforzheimer Fellowships is now extended to March 20, 2019.

Application Requirements 

  • Review the proposed fellowship projects (see Library Project Proposals below) and choose which you'd like to apply to work on. You may submit more than one application. 
  • You will be asked to include two references on your application. Your references should be two people you've worked with while at Harvard, one of which must be a Harvard faculty member. Your references must send a letter of support to Hannah Blakeman at hannah_blakeman@harvard.edu.
  • Submit the online application form.
  • Deadline: All materials must be submitted by March 20.

Things To Know

  • The 2019 Pforzheimer Fellowships will run from June 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019.
  • Each Pforzheimer Fellow is granted a stipend of $5,000.
  • Any graduate student in the humanities and social sciences who's been enrolled at Harvard from one to five years may apply.
  • Fellows are assigned a mentor from the library and work on important projects under the mentor's supervision.
  • Fellows are expected to assume full responsibility for their projects.
  • Each fellow must submit a final report of this work describing and evaluating their experiences.

Library Project Proposals, Summer 2019


Contact

Practical questions concerning the application process should be addressed to Hannah Blakeman at hannah_blakeman@harvard.edu.

More general, academic questions concerning the program may be addressed to Professor Ann Blair at amblair@fas.harvard.edu.


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