Laspau Fellowship Program
2016 Applications

The Laspau Fellowship Program supports research and projects that focus on innovating higher education to better serve the current and future needs of the Americas. The fellowship is designed to provide a substantive experience for highly motivated and visionary professionals from universities that have a compelling proposal for research or a project to innovate and advance higher education in the Americas.

Fellows come from across Latin America and the Caribbean to be immersed in the innovation ecosystem of Boston which harnesses a robust and diverse range of research universities, entrepreneurs, incubators, and organizations. The entire program is two months long and is divided into three sections: two weeks of online preparation, three intensive weeks at Laspau’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, followed by three weeks for final project completion.

Application Timelines

  • 2016 Schedule
  • 2017 Schedule

Sept. 18, 2016

Deadline for submitting applications

Sept. 19, 2016

Invitation to interview

Sept. 21-23, 2016

Interviews (Online)

Sept. 26, 2016

Offer letters sent to successful candidates

Sept. 29, 2016

Deadline for submitting acceptance letter and required paperwork

Nov. 7-18, 2016

Phase 1: Fellowship Begins – Online Preparation

Dec. 5-22, 2016

Phase 2: Fellowship in Boston

Jan. – Feb. 2017

Phase 3: Project & Research Completion

Nov. 4, 2016

Deadline for submitting applications

Nov. 9, 2016

Invitation to interview

Nov. 14-16, 2016

Interviews (Online)

Nov. 18, 2016

Offer letters sent to successful candidates

Dec. 6, 2016

Deadline for submitting acceptance letter and required paperwork

Dec. 6, 2016

Spring semester cohorts

Laspau Fellows Receive

  • Mentoring & advising
  • Facilitation for international research and collaboration opportunities
  • Co-working space in Cambridge, MA
  • Access to Laspau’s robust higher education network
  • J-1 visa
  • Access to designated libraries & research journals

Applications are judged on the quality and relevance of the project proposal, the applicant’s record of experience and achievement, and performance in the interview. Applicants will receive selection results via email.

The applicant’s home institution is required to provide a stipend to cover the cost of the fellowship, air travel, insurance, and room and board.

To apply for the Laspau Fellowship Program, submit the following documents (in English, Spanish or Portuguese) to colleen_silva@harvard.edu.

  1. December 2016 Application Form
  2. 2017 Application Form
  3. Research or project proposal (1-2 pages)
  4. CV (1-2 pages)
  5. 1 Letter of recommendation from supporting institution