Lester Kissel Summer Grants

Lester Kissel Summer Grants: Applications for Summer 2022 Closed


Harvard College sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for a Lester Kissel Grant in Practical Ethics to support research and writing that contributes 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 2022. 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.

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.

Please note that if the proposal includes travel, applicants must demonstrate that it will be conducted in compliance with all University guidance on student travel.

How to Apply

Complete the form and submit the following documents via our online application form:

  • Outline of the Project
  • Description of the work to be undertaken in its pursuit
  • 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 Friday, April 15, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified in early May. Grant recipients are required to submit 2 short, written reports on their experience (mid-way through the summer and on conclusion).

Contact us at ejsafrafellowships@fas.harvard.edu with any questions.

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