Fellows at the Forefront

Fellows at the Forefront 2022

Deadline Extended: Apply for Racial Justice & Mass Incarceration Cohort by April 3, 2022

Fellows at the Forefront is an innovative summer program where students, scholars, practitioners, and activists work together on some of the most pressing issues of our time. This year, we are organizing two cohorts. The first will be led by Professor Dustin Tingley and will focus on climate change and the environment. The second will be led by Professor Kaya Williams and will focus on racial justice and mass incarceration.

Selected students will spend 10 weeks working with a community partner organization related to the cohort's theme or participate in full-time, faculty-led research. Students are required to attend a weekly summer workshop led by the lead professor for each cohort. Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks of full-time work.

Below you'll find the Fellows at the Forefront Host organizations for Summer 2022. You can view the full internship descriptions and the faculty research assistant description on Crimson Careers by searching for the organization's name. Please continue to check this page as we might add additional opportunities.

Participating Host Organizations for Climate Change and the Environment:

  • Communities Responding to Extreme Weather
  • Environmental Defense Fund - Campaigns Intern, Moms Clean Air Force
  • Environmental Defense Fund - Communications Intern, People & Nature
  • Environmental Defense Fund - Fisheries Capacity Development
  • Open Environmental Data Project (OEDP)
  • World Resources Institute

Participating Host Organizations for Racial Justice and Mass Incarceration:


  • Faculty-Led Research Assistant (2-4 positions)
  • Orleans Public Defenders (Client Services)
  • Orleans Public Defenders (Investigative)
  • Prison Journalism Project
  • Vera Institute of Justice 


Eligibility: If you are currently on leave but plan to re-enroll in the Fall 2022, you may participate in our programing.  If you plan to apply to one of our summer programs, reach out to your Resident Dean as soon as possible to request to be approved to return from leave. You must be approved to return from leave by the Ad Board before accepting our offer to participate. Students graduating in May 2022 are also eligible to apply.

Application Information

Deadline Extended: Applications are due on April 3, 2022 at 11:59pm ET for the Racial Justice and Mass Incarceration Cohort.

Link to CARAT Application

All application information should by submitted via CARAT. To apply, applicants must submit:

  1. 1-page resume noting your skills, previous employment, extracurricular activities, and volunteer experiences.
  2. 1-page cover letter highlighting your interst and suitability for the position, your accomplishments, and  career interests. In your letter, we ask you to also address your interest in the theme. Be sure to include why you are applying for the position, your goals and expectations, and your related experience and/or skills.
  3. Copy of your unofficial student record (found at my.harvard.edu)
  4. Contact information (phone and email) for 2 professional and/or academic references

For help writing a cover letter or resume, check out the Office of Career Services (OCS). OCS offers an online library of resume and cover letter templates: https://ocs.fas.harvard.edu/guide-template-library