Lester Kissel Summer Grants

Applications the Lester Kissel Summer Grants for 2021 are closed.

Harvard College sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for a Lester Kissel Grant in Practical Ethics to support research and writing that make contributions to the understanding of practical ethics. A number of grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects to be conducted during the summer of 2021. The projects may involve research for senior theses, case studies for use in courses, essays or articles for publication, or similar scholarly endeavors that explore issues in practical ethics. Please note that for the summer of 2021, proposals should not include research that cannot be performed in a safe manner or location, consistent with CDC guidelines for the activity in question. Proposals will not be penalized for modifications made as a result of the pandemic.

The grant will provide the recipient with an award ranging from $500 to $3000, depending on the scope of the project and the estimated related expenses. Funds may be used to cover the project's expenses or, alternatively, as a stipend to enable recipients to pursue research in lieu of summer employment.

How to Apply
Submit the following via our applications portal at https://ejsafracenter.smapply.org/prog/lester_kissel_summer_grants:

  • Outline of the Project
  • Description of the work to be undertaken in its pursuit (due to the pandemic, we may not be able to fund travel; please see Harvard guidlines here)
  • Short statement (1-2 pages) of the Project's potential value to the student and to the understanding of practical ethics
  • Estimated budget identifying the expenses expected to be incurred  
  • Curriculum Vitae   
  • Unofficial transcript (fellowship recipients will be required to furnish official transcripts)

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on Monday, May 3, 2021, and successful applicants will be notified in mid-May. Grant recipients are expected to submit a written status report on their grant experience during the summer (1-2 pages) and a final report (3-4 pages) in September.

The Kissel Grants in Practical Ethics are made possible by a gift from the late Lester Kissel, a graduate of Harvard Law School and longtime benefactor of Harvard's ethics programs and activities.

Please email us at ejsafrafellowships@fas.harvard.edu if you have any questions.