Summer Community Service Fellowship Program

Support students as they pursue a career in public service while giving back to your community!

The Summer Community Service Fellowship (SCSF) invites Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) to fund one or more Harvard students interested in exploring the public interest field. Participating organizations commit to funding fellows over the summer break as they undertake an unpaid internship at a local nonprofit or design their own public service project. 

Participating Clubs and SIGs choose to donate between $4,000-$6000 per student. This SCSF stipend reduces the financial burden on students and incentives them to explore public service opportunities. Funding is intended to support a student over 10 weeks of full-time work and cover their costs of living.  Learn more through the SCSF FAQ.

Established in 1992, SCSF is co-managed by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) and the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship (CPSES) – a part of Phillips Brooks House. SCSF provides one of the largest sources of funding for summer public service for Harvard College undergraduates.  

How to Participate

1) Register for SCSF. Clubs and SIGs have from mid-November through early-December to complete the registration form. The minimum funding requirement is $4,000 per student. Clubs and SIGs may choose to include additional fellowship parameters upon registering.

2) Select your fellow(s). Participating Clubs and SIGs review the pool of applicants and select a student to fund. Students will be notified by the HAA and CPSES and must confirm acceptance before being contacted by a Club or SIG. 
3) Engage with the fellow(s). Clubs and SIGs are encouraged to connect with and mentor the fellow(s) during the summer. This includes inviting fellows to the organization's events and sharing career experiences and guidance.

Important Dates 2024

January 8: SCSF Workshop for participating Clubs and SIGs (presentation deck
February 29: Priority deadline for students to apply. Student applications are shared with Clubs and SIGs following the deadline.
April 14: Final deadline for students to apply. Student applications are shared with Clubs and SIGs following the deadline. 
April 30: Deadline for Clubs and SIGs to select which student(s) to fund. Clubs and SIGs are strongly encouraged to select a fellow before the deadline to secure the student for funding.
November: Summer 2025 SCSF registration opens for Clubs and SIGs
December: Summer 2025 SCSF registration closes for Clubs and SIGs