Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship — FAQs

Each academic year, four Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellows whose research interests are related to early childhood health, learning, and behavior will receive financial support and participate in skill-building workshops and training sessions on innovation, communication, and policy. Priority is given to students whose work aligns with the Center’s mission, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and offers promising new thinking in support of the healthy development of children and their families.

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FAQs

What is the deadline for submitting the application?

The deadline for 2018-2019 applications will be 5 P.M. EST on December 22, 2017.

What are the required components of the application?

Is the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship limited to doctoral students who have already passed their qualifying exams?

No, we do not limit the fellowship to students who have passed their exams, although the fellowship is more helpful to students who are ready to engage in the writing phase of their dissertations. Students who apply have already completed their course requirements and are focusing on their research.

Are fellows required to attend all fellowship activities throughout the year?

Yes. Because the fellowship experience is designed around a cohort model that prioritizes development of a learning community, fellows are expected to participate in person at all fellowship activities.

What should my Statement of Interest include?

The Statement of Interest represents an opportunity to introduce yourself as well as your career aspirations. You should describe your research agenda, its connection to the Center’s mission, and the implications it may have for catalyzing innovative thinking or action in early childhood policy or practice. Include your leadership experiences as well as any additional relevant information about your background. Please be sure that when you describe your research topic and its connection to the Center, you include your research question along with the current status of your dissertation research. Provide a detailed description of the scope of the research you want to focus on in your fellowship year.

What is the word/page limit for the Statement of Interest? Does the word limit include references, or can I include those in the endnotes?

Each required section of the statement of interest is limited to 550 words or approximately 1 page per section. Be sure to use clear, succinct language. The word/page limit does not include endnotes.

Is there a preferred format of the Statement of Interest (e.g., Times, 12 point, double-spaced)?

There is no preferred format. Font and spacing options are your choice.

The members of my doctoral Advisory/Dissertation Committee have not been finalized. Is that OK?

Please complete as much information as you can, under the Names of Advisory/Dissertation Committee Members portion of the application form, and indicate if their status is pending or confirmed.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

How do I obtain an official transcript?

Official transcripts must be requested from your school’s Registrars’ office or from the National Student Clearinghouse. NOTE: Requests may take 7 to 10 business days to process. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that transcript will arrive by the application deadline.

Some schools no longer process official transcripts and may direct all requests to be placed online through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). If you have questions, please contact NSC directly at transcripts@studentclearinghouse.org or (703) 742-4200.

 How do I submit my official transcript?

Email a PDF of your official transcript to: DSIF_developingchild@harvard.edu OR
Mail a hard copy of your official transcript to:
DSIF Fellowship
c/o Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
50 Church Street, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138

Do I have to submit my master’s program and undergraduate transcripts, too?

It is not necessary to submit your master’s program and undergraduate transcripts, although if your master’s degree studies were completed at Harvard, they are most likely included in your official transcript.

If my transcript is delayed and arrives past the deadline, is that permissible?

Please indicate on the application that your transcript is on its way and when we can expect to receive it. Be sure to email this information to DSIF_developingchild@harvard.edu.


LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

What does the letter of recommendation from a Harvard faculty member need to include?

The letter of recommendation from the Harvard faculty member who has agreed to serve as your fellowship mentor should include:

  • Details on your capacity to draw on the program’s scaffold to advance your work;
  • The importance of your research to innovating in practice or policy contexts; and
  • Any additional relevant details on your background.

How should my letter of recommendation be submitted?

The Harvard faculty fellowship mentor should complete the letter on department letterhead, and email it as a PDF to: DSIF_developingchild@harvard.edu by the application deadline. The email subject line should be: DSIF.Rec.Ltr.StudentLastName

One of my mentors is at another university. Would it be okay to get a letter from her, even though she is not a Harvard faculty member?

Your primary mentor for the purpose of this fellowship will need to be a Harvard professor to maximize engagement and onsite participation during the year.

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