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 Interreligious Consortium. 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 2018–19 academic year, Resident Fellows pay $7,236 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

Rick Santos

I remember a guest speaker in one of my classes at Harvard Divinity School saying that an HDS education is powerful because it’s not just about academics; it’s also about learning to be engaged in the world. I often recall these words when I’m on the ground helping people in countries vastly different from the United States. Every time I serve others, my HDS education serves me.
—Rick Santos, MTS '92; HDS Leadership Council member; president and CEO of IMA World Health