Rosovsky Fellowship

jerusalem Each year, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers fellowships to a limited number of Harvard undergraduates for Winter Term or summer research and/or field work in Israel with the Henry Rosovsky fellowships. Awards are made to Harvard undergraduate students undertaking projects primarily related to their senior honors thesis. The amount of the award will be approximately $2,000-$3,000. Please apply through CARAT.

The grant is available during winteression (J-Term) or Summer 2019 for travel in Israel/Palestine. Eligible expenses include travel expenses with housing, airfare, tuition, insurance, and meals. The grant is open to concentrators in any field and for students who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Legal Permanent Residents, and International Students/Scholars

Upon the completion of the study sponsored by this grant, students are required to present a two- to five-page report on their study/research to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, including an accounting of how the funds were spent. 

Application available at: CARAT Center for Middle Eastern Studies Rosovsky Summer Application

and CARAT Center for Middle Eastern Studies Rosovsky Winter Term Application

The Rosovsky application for Winter Term 2019 is closed.

The Rosovsky application for Summer is due February 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Application materials include a proposal of no more than 750 words outlining the project you hope to undertake and the rationale for pursuing it in your destination, current 1 page resume, current transcript, 2 letters of recommendation (uploaded on the CARAT application form)

  • See: for the latest travel ratings for Harvard students. Currently, Israel and Palestinian Territories are on the Elevated risk list as of 10/1/18. Please review for student safety tips. 
  • Also, if your research involves human subjects, you are required to undertake IRB approval. Please see the bottom of this page for the Fall 2018 information.

Contact Information:
Carol Ann Young
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
38 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-4055


IRB Information, Fall 2018



Harvard College students considering a research project that includes interaction with living people and/or gathering and using information about living people must receive research ethics training and take part in the Undergraduate Research Training Program (URTP). The URTP is a comprehensive platform to create better prepared undergraduate researchers. The URTP is comprised of research ethics training sessions, a student-focused curriculum, and an online decision form that will assist students in determining whether their project requires IRB review.

The Harvard University Area (HUA) IRB office will offer training in the fall of 2018 at the dates below. The in-person training sessions include information on what types of research require IRB review, best practices for conducting ethical research, an overview of human subject protections, and additional resources that may be helpful to students. Students may choose one of two ways to undertake training, as follows:

1. Human subjects training seminars for undergraduates will be offered on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 4—5-6:30pm: Smith Campus Center, Room 630A (Monks Room)
  • Wednesday, October 24—4:30-6pm: Lamont Library, Forum Room
  • Thursday, November 1—5-6:30pm: Smith Campus Center, Room 630A (Monks Room)
  • Thursday, November 29—5-6:30pm: Smith Campus Center, Room 630A (Monks Room)
  • Wednesday, December 5—4:30-6pm: Lamont Library, Forum Room

In-person training attendees will NOT be required to complete the online module of the ethics of human subjects research offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Attendance at the in-person training will be automatically recorded by the HUA IRB office as satisfying the training requirement.

2. If students DO NOT attend one of the fall in-person training sessions (or training sessions that will be held in the spring 2019 for academic year 2018-19 projects) they are required to complete CITI training, which may be accessed at See tab “Harvard Undergraduate Researcher Required Training”

Students: It would be most beneficial for you to have met with your faculty adviser to discuss your project prior to attending the IRB in-person training sessions, although it is not required. If you are well prepared for the IRB sessions, the IRB staff may be able to answer specific questions about your protocol.

Please note that you must attend an in-person training or complete online training before submitting the decision form mentioned above. Keep in mind that, if your work needs formal IRB review, review takes time, and research may not begin until it has been reviewed by the IRB. As such, you are encouraged to plan to complete training early in the development of your research project.

The Harvard IRB office is available to answer questions that you may have. Feel free to contact the HUA IRB office at 617-496-2847 or More information about the URTP may be found at: ]


See also: Israel