General information about PhD programs in the Division of Medical Sciences, information about specific programs, and application information is available here.
If you would like to talk with someone in the Division office about choice of program or admissions procedures, you may call Leah Simons, Director of Academic Administration, at 617-432-2029. If you wish to talk about under-represented student concerns or to be put in contact with a under-represented graduate student in the Division, you may call Dr. Sheila Thomas, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Minority Affairs , at 617-432-1342 or 617-495-5315.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences diversity site has a wealth of detailed and useful information about diversity at Harvard, graduate education, all aspects of the application process, and financial aid resources, as well as descriptions of the activities of some of the student organizations at Harvard.
Information about fellowship opportunities at Harvard, and about non-Harvard graduate fellowships, such as the Ford Foundation Fellowships and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, is also available through GSAS. Be aware that students will want to apply for some of these fellowships early in the fall of the year prior to their admission to graduate school. For example, Ford Foundation applications are due on the 1st of November.
Also available through GSAS is Perspectives, a brochure for under-represented students considering the Graduate School.
Smooth Transitions Minority Student Handbook is published jointly by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society. This valuable handbook contains sections written by under-represented faculty and students. It covers everything from academic and extracurricular life, through student organizations and resources, to community resources such as housing, public transportation, restaurants, barbershops, and opportunities for volunteer service. While the book is intended primarily for newly matriculated students, it is available online by following the link above.
Information about the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) for college students can be obtained from:
KeyAnna Schmiedl, Diversity Programs Office
Division of Medical Sciences
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Avenue, room 432
Boston, MA 02115
(tel. 617-432-4980 or 800-367-9019)
SHURP applications can be downloaded directly from the website.