Diversity and Explorations Program

Group at DivEx

Three days exploring everything HDS has to offer. And it's on us.

DivEx is a three-day introduction to graduate programs at HDS that span religious and cultural divides to prepare ethical leaders to work in a complex world.

The 2019 DivEx application deadline has passed. Please check back on our website in summer 2020 for the 2020 DivEx application.

To get periodic information about HDS and our programs, please complete our Online Inquiry Form.

Who participates?

DivEx is for college undergraduates who have a commitment to diversity and social justice and who are considering a career in any fields in which the study of religion, theology, and ethics would be an asset.

We will also accept applications from recent graduates. We define recent graduates as those whose undergraduate degree was conferred within a year of the application deadline.

DivEx participants listen to the faculty speaker

The primary goal of DivEx is to increase participation by members of groups that are underrepresented in the study of religion. With that in mind, we especially encourage applications from African American, Latino and Latina, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native American students. We also aim to attract students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, first-generation students, and LGBTQ students, among other underrepresented groups.

Eligibility Note: Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, we can only accept applications from students who will be traveling from the continental U.S. If you are not eligible for this program, we encourage you review other ways to connect with us.

How much does it cost?

DivEx is completely free. We provide housing, all meals, and domestic airline, bus, or train transportation to and from Boston. (Ground transportation to and from airports, bus or train stations, or other transport terminals is not included.)

How do I apply?

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Completed online application form
  • Personal statement describing your interest in the program
  • Résumé
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor, career mentor, or faith-based leader
  • Academic transcripts

Erika Carlsen, DivEx participant
“DivEx demystified Harvard Divinity School for me.”


What’s the agenda?

  • Network with Harvard faculty and current students
  • Attend classes of your choice on a wide range of topics, religious traditions, languages, and concepts
  • Participate in community events
  • Get advice on the admissions process and financial aid

Contact us

Call us at 617.495.5796 or email admissions@hds.harvard.edu at any time, whether you know you want to apply or still have questions. If you’d like to be connected with current HDS students that participated in DivEx, send an email request to ask_students@hds.harvard.edu. We love to talk about DivEx!

HDS Voices

Xavier Montecel

The chance to experience up close the everyday culture and institutional structure of a graduate program is rare. The chance to connect with the community there and to begin to feel like you belong even before you apply is utterly unique. In my experience, DivEx did not only provide the information I needed while considering graduate school. It allowed me to really imagine myself at HDS, to feel the many possibilities this school would open for me, and to know very deeply that I was called to be a part of this community.
Xavier Montecel, DivEx 2011, MTS ’15