Africa and the Middle East

The Harvard Summer School offers multiple summer study abroad programs in the region every year. Please refer to the HSS website for a full listing. You can view a list of pre-approved non-Harvard summer study abroad programs at the OIE website. Funding for both sets of programs is available through the Office of Career Services


Africa | Country Non-Specific

  • CAS J-Term Grants: supports airfare and accommodations for focused research in Africa during the January term
  • CAS Summer Grants: provides airfare and modest stipend for thesis research, internships, volunteer work or study abroad in Africa
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships: Provides up to $5,000 towards program tuition, $2,500 stipend, and $1,000 travel allowance for summer language study
  • Vogelheim Hansen Research and Travel Fund for Africa: Provides financial assistance to students undertaking significant international experiences in Africa. Interested students should contact GSAS for more detail.
  • Princeton In Africa: Develops young leaders (recent graduates from North AMerican Universities) committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. 



  • Clinton Health Access Initiative (GHI): Paid internship in Kigali, Rwanda as an analyst providing technical support for the various CHAI programs including developing quantitative models. Apply via CARAT.
  • University of Global Health Equity (GHI): Paid internship in Kigali, Rwanda to work with the Teaching and Learning team in developing, implementing and/or evaluating the key courses in the university’s flagship Master of Global Health Delivery degree. Apply via CARAT.


South Africa


  • African Academy for Public Health (I-SURGH): Paid internship opportunity in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for students to work with a Harvard-affiliated Institution to address critical gaps in global health research training. Harvard faculty and international collaborators provide mentorship and research opportunities for students to engage in global health research in resource-poor settings. Apply via CARAT.


Arab World

  • AJ Meyer Summer Fellowships: provides $2,500 for full-time intensive summer programs in Arabic
  • Arabian Peninsula Research Travel Grants: provides two travel research grants per January Term and summer research in the amount of $1,500-$2,000 for Harvard students engaging in research in the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman)