Topol Research Fellows

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy invites applications from Harvard Kennedy School students interested in and committed to nonviolence and peace to apply for the newly announced Topol Research Fellows program.

The deadline to apply is December 10, (5 PM) and applicants will be notified by December 17.  The period for the fellowship is the spring semester 2019.  Individuals selected for the Topol Research Fellows program will receive an honorarium, opportunities to benefit from co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities, and the opportunity to publish a paper through the Carr Center Student Working Paper Series.

Fellows can apply from any master’s program at the Harvard Kennedy School and must submit a current resume (two pages maximum), a statement of interest (one page) that summarizes work experience, academic training, and Carr Center related involvement that demonstrates a commitment to peace and nonviolence, and a short proposal (one page) for a paper topic related to nonviolent solutions to conflict. There are no citizenship restrictions and the Center welcomes applications from diverse backgrounds.

The Topol Research Fellows program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is made possible by the generous support of entrepreneur, philanthropist, and peace activist Sidney Topol and the Topol Family Foundation.

Submit applications to with the subject line "Topol Research Fellow Application_FirstName_LastName"


Current Fellows:


Rahaf Safi

Research proposal: Nonviolent movements and violent conflicts - Middle East

Rahaf is Syrian-American and has been working on human rights issues and organizing for over eight years. Over the past few years, she has...

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Preeti Sahai

MC/MPA Mason/India
Research proposal: Nonviolent solutions to communal polarization in India

Preeti has experience of over 15 years in public service on social, economic and political...

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