Summer Community Service Fellowship Program


Help students thinking about working in the public interest field by funding a Summer Community Service Fellowship (SCSF).  Through this program, Clubs and SIGs have the opportunity to provide a fellowship to a Harvard undergraduate working with a nonprofit host organization in their local community.  Participating Clubs and SIGs find the program to be an exciting and creative way to both support Harvard students and contribute to their home communities. Club and SIG members particularly applaud the degree of “hands-on” engagement and interaction, as they directly speak with students about their experiences, receive student reflection reports at the end of the summer and make recommendations on fellowship award recipients to a selection committee representing Harvard University, the HAA, the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), and hosting Clubs and SIGs.


Established in 1992, the Summer Community Service Fellowship (SCSF) program allows Clubs and Shared Interest Groups to provide funding to Harvard College students who are working to improve their communities over the summer break. The program provides one of the largest sources of funding for summer public service for Harvard College undergraduates.

The funding, which runs in the amount of $3,500-$5000 per student for 10 weeks of full-time work, is designed to cover the costs of living for students,  incentivizing them to pursue public service and removing financial burden that might prevent them from pursuing public service opportunities. Fellows may undertake an unpaid internship at a nonprofit organization or design their own public service project.

The program is co-managed by the HAA and the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) which is a part of Phillips Brooks House.

How to Participate

Clubs and SIGs interested in sponsoring a fellow can begin by filling out the participation form. The form requests basic information regarding your plans to  participate, including who the contact person from your organization will be the dollar amount the organization will provide, and your fellowship parameters, which may be uploaded as a separate document.


In the summer of 2021, we are once again planning for Summer Community Service Fellowships to be executed remotely pending additional University guidance. Please plan for remote opportunities and we will be in touch with any updates, including the possibility of in-person fellowships, if and when they are available.

Once you’ve completed the form, the HAA will be in touch with your organization’s designated SCSF contact person directly to finalize details. All fellowship opportunities will be posted for students to view and apply for from mid-December until March 1. Clubs and SIGs will be informed in early March regarding the applications for their specific fellowship.

If you have any questions about the Summer Community Service Fellowship program, please contact