Topol Research Fellowship

Now acception applications for the 2021 Topol Research Fellowship.

About the Opportunity

The Topol Research Fellowship provides recognition and support to Harvard Kennedy School students interested in and committed to nonviolent action. It is made possible by the generous support of entrepreneur, philanthropist, and peace activist Sidney Topol and the Topol Family Foundation.

The Topol Fellowship's goal is to help students 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 and attend a monthly discussion group with Erica Chenoweth on nonviolent action. 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.

Applications should be submitted to the following link: 

Timeline and Important Dates

January 25, 2021
Deadline to submit materials. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

February 1, 2021
Notification of successful applicants

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Charles Porter at

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...

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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