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In 1979, President Derek Bok established the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) to address the needs of South Africans who were denied access to advanced education by the apartheid system. 

This program was established, and is still intended, for mid-career professionals educationally disadvantaged by past laws and resource allocations in South Africa.  HSAFP seeks to expand its reach to institutions and organizations across South Africa in a continued effort to draw the broadest possible range of candidates for the program. 

In addition, the University – reflecting the current South African constitution – has expanded its applicant pool to extend to all South Africans, regardless of ethnicity or race. Since the inception of the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program, the Center for African Studies has awarded over 200 fellowships. 


Fellows are selected by a committee of HSAFP alumni, Center staff and candidates are expected to:

  • Have shown considerable skill in their chosen fields and leadership
  • Be 30 to 45 years of age
  • Be South African citizens

Note: Candidates who have just completed, or who have not yet completed, a first degree are not selected unless this degree has been pursued concurrently with, or subsequent to, experience in the workplace


The fellowship will provide:

  • Payment of all tuition for the full period of enrollment at Harvard
  • A full monthly check for each month or partial month during which the fellow is officially registered at Harvard
  • A monthly stipend, with the exception of those enrolled in the Executive Education Programs, to cover the cost of housing and other living expenses
  • Round-trip airfare between the fellow’s home and Boston

About Harvard University Center for African Studies

The Harvard University Center for African Studies is a globally recognized, interdisciplinary body at Harvard University committed to broadening knowledge about Africa and African perspectives.

While the economic and geopolitical importance of Africa continues to grow, understandings of Africa and African experiences continue to be marginalized, exoticized and discounted. As an internationally recognized and respected organization and a distinguished Department of Education National Resource Center, the Harvard Center for African Studies has the power to influence perspectives on Africa and bridge the knowledge divide between Africans and non-Africans. 

Their vision is a world where authentic understandings of Africa, African experiences and African perspectives are common place.