Topol Research Fellowship

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About the Opportunity

The Topol Research Fellowship provides recognition and support to Harvard Kennedy School students interested in and committed to nonviolent action.

The goal of the Topol Fellowship is to help students to develop a more robust, evidence-based and comprehensive understanding of nonviolent resistance movements and deepen their knowledge about nonviolent movements around the world. They will support data collection at the Nonviolent Action Lab, attend a monthly discussion group on nonviolent action, and attend a global nonviolent action summit in May 2020. Topol Fellows will receive an honorarium as part of the fellowship program.


Application Process

The following items should be included in your application. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter explaining interest in and/or experience with studying nonviolent action
  • Two HKS faculty references (letters of recommendation are not required)

This fellowship is only available to Harvard Kennedy School students.


Timeline and Important Dates

January 26, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
Deadline to submit materials. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

February 3, 2020
Notification of successful applicants

February 18, 2020, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Monthly discussion group

March 11, 2020, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Monthly discussion group

April 15, 2020, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Monthly discussion group

May 6, 2020, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Monthly discussion group

May 21, 2020
Topol Research Summit

Monthly Scheduling
Meeting dates are tentative and schedule to change. Successful candidates will be sent the final calendar upon notification.

Current Fellows


Aniko Bakonyi

Topol Fellow
Charlie Clements Fellow

Aniko is a human rights defender from Budapest, Hungary. For the past eight years, she has been working for the Refugee Program of the Hungarian Helsinki...

Read more about Aniko Bakonyi

Morgan Pratt

Topol Fellow
Morgan Pratt is committed to advancing human rights and democratizing international institutions and systems. This focus began during an international... Read more about Morgan Pratt