Resident Fellows

The Resident Fellows program at Harvard Divinity School provides an opportunity for sabbatical study for missionaries and executives of denominations and religious bodies who wish to be in residence at the School while on leave from their regular duties.

The program runs through a Harvard term, which includes approximately thirteen weeks of classes, two weeks of reading period, and two weeks of examinations (see the HDS Academic Calendar). Resident Fellows are free to pursue their own programs of reflection and study in whatever way they desire; there are courses available at the Divinity School, in the wider University with its professional Schools, and from the many schools in the Boston Theological Institute. If Resident Fellows choose to take courses, they may take them for credit or audit.

Resident Fellows are provided with many opportunities to learn, reflect, and converse with students at the Divinity School, and are welcome to join faculty, students, and staff every Tuesday for fellowship and conversation at Community Tea. They may also participate in the worship life of the community by preaching, leading worship, singing in the choir, or working on one of the special theme programs. Resident Fellows are encouraged to enter into the academic and social life of the school as fully as their goals permit.

Resident Fellows receive a waiver of half the tuition charges for their semester in residence. During the 2015–16 academic year, Resident Fellows pay $6,698 for their term in residence.

Applicants should submit the Resident Fellowship application. Applications are due October 31 for the following year's spring term, and March 1 for the following year's fall term.

For further information, please email the Registrar's Office or call 617.495.5760.

HDS Voices

Karen King

I am very fortunate to work with faculty who are deeply interested in research and what's happening in the study of religion. Although HDS offers a very high quality of ministerial training and great resources for field study, it also offers the ability to study religion in the context of a university.
Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity

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