Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowships are awarded to Harvard graduate students for one academic year of travel, study, and/or research outside the United States. Although the intent of this fellowship program is to provide Harvard graduate students with the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad, applications from students interested in travel, study, or research within the United States are considered on a case-by-case basis. In no event are Sheldon Fellowships awarded to students who wish to study or conduct research at Harvard or in the greater Boston area.
The Sheldon Fellowship provides a lump-sum stipend that is paid to the recipient before departing for his or her intended destination. The fellowship can be combined with other sources of funding subject to the approval of the Committee on General Scholarships (CGS). Graduate students must have already completed one full year of graduate study at Harvard at the time of application. Applicants must hold a Harvard degree or be a candidate for a Harvard degree in the year of application. Doctoral students with no prior Harvard degree may petition their departments to award them a master's degree in order to comply with this requirement. Preference is given to applicants with U.S. citizenship.