Participation Requirements for Fellows

In order to ensure coordination across the Harvard graduate schools for trainings, team sessions, and client calls, we have set a standardized schedule with required meetings. If you have any conflicts with these times, please note them in your application. Fellows should expect to spend on average 4 hours per week on PAF (including these meetings).

We award each Fellow a $300 stipend upon completion of the project, and Team Leaders are awarded a $600 stipend.

  • Weekend Retreat: Cape Cod, MA (transportation provided/shared)
    • Saturday February 24, 2018
  • Bi-weekly Meetings: Every other Tuesday, 5:00-7:00 PM (Harvard Yard)
    • 2/20
    • 3/6
    • 3/20
    • 4/3
    • 4/17
    • 5/1

Application Process for Fellows

Deadline for Spring Semester: Friday, February 9, 2017, 11:59pm EST.

You must be a current Harvard graduate student, postdoc, or fellow to apply. Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and one-page “charity pitch” to  

Application components:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. One-page Charity Pitch
  4. List of meeting conflicts
  5. Let us know how you heard about it!

Your cover letter should be no more than one page, explaining your interest in the program, how it relates to your educational or career goals, highlighting any relevant experiences, and which projects you would be most interested in working on.  

The “charity pitch” should be one page (Word doc, Google doc, or PDF is fine).  It can contain additional tables or charts, and facts should have citations.  You should research a non-profit (or alternatively, a for-profit social enterprise) that you believe is incredibly high-impact and potentially overlooked or underfunded.  Your pitch should explain what the charity does, why you selected it, and the evidence for that decision.  For examples of Effective Altruism charity research, you can take a look at GivewellGiving What We Can, and The Life You Can Save.  We ask that you try to avoid recommending a charity that is currently a top recommendation of one of these organizations.

For more information on how PAF works, you can see our PAF Fellows Handbook, which is our basic training/orientation document for new Fellows.

Example Charity Pitch for the Carter Center by Fall 2015 Fellow TJ Moen