The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs supports and collaborates with several student and professional organizations at the school on career development and policy-relevant events. The Center has proudly partnered with Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D), the Black Student Union, the Armed Forces Committee, the Women in Power Conference, and the Future Society to host seminars and conferences at HKS. We welcome opportunities to forge partnerships between students and the Center. 


Belfer Young Leaders Student Fellows 2023-2024 Cohort

Belfer Young Leaders Student Fellows 2023-2024 Cohort

Belfer Young Leaders Student Fellowship

The Belfer Young Leaders (BYL) Student Fellowship Program helps prepare a community of high-achieving Harvard Kennedy School students to cultivate 21st century, global ideas and to gain the strong analytical and innovative leadership skills necessary to excel in the global affairs arena. The BYL fellowship program also aims to impart to students the importance of community, service, and leadership.  This fellowship includes the possibility of a financial award of up to $25,000.00 per academic year to be applied towards tuition; awards will be determined based on a student’s need, other financial awards, and academic performance of the student. 

Eligibility: MPP and MPA students at the Harvard Kennedy School can apply during 2 application periods - as a prospective HKS student during the admissions and financial aid process and as a rising MPP2/MPA2 student during April of their first year. This fellowship is not currently open to MPA-ID candidates. 

Duration: One year, eligible for renewal based upon an annual evaluation process and academic good standing. 

Prospective students: Applications are now closed.

Returning Students: Applications are now closed.

Please find additional information on the Belfer Young Leader Student Fellowship here.

BYLs with Eric Rosenbach

Belfer Student Fellows with Co-Director Eric Rosenbach

Funding Support 

The Belfer Center occasionally funds HKS students (or officially recognized Harvard student organizations) for research, publications, and events related to the core interests of the Center. These decisions are made on an ad hoc basis.

All applications are accepted through the application (below) in the fall-spring semester.

Please contact Mackenzie Heather ( with any questions.

Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D)

Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development, a student organization at the Harvard Kennedy School, aims to elevate the visibility and impact of women at HKS interested in pursuing careers in the fields of security, diplomacy, and development. The group provides an inclusive space and network for students seeking to enter or advance within these traditionally male-dominated fields. They aim to provide a platform for women to become more meaningfully involved in these issues at HKS and beyond.

Armed Forces Committee (AFC)

The Armed Forces Committee is a student-led organization at HKS that, with support from the Belfer Center, hosts “For the Common Defense,” a weekly speaker series held in the Belfer Library. The series features top-tier military and civilian leaders and focuses on the most pressing issues in the national security space, holds discussions about the civilian-military divide, and serves as the first interaction many HKS students have with members of the military. The AFC welcomes all veterans, active duty military, and students interested in national security.

Several of the Belfer Research teams and Senior Fellows offer opportunities for students during the academic year. Last updated on May 17, 2024. 

Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP)

Seeking Mandarin-Speaking ​Research Assistants for Climate and Energy Policy Project

The Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) are developing a virtual English/Mandarin lecture series entitled “The Energy-Climate Challenge.” The programs have enlisted five Harvard Kennedy School faculty members to deliver ten hour-long lessons with the goal of sharing information on the latest developments at the intersection of climate and energy policy.

The research assistants will support this project by: 

  • reviewing and proofreading machine translations of the lectures, ensuring accuracy and maintaining the intended meaning of the source material;
  • researching and gaining familiarity with sector-specific terminology and concepts to ensure accurate translations;
  • making edits to translated text in both the translation management software and PowerPoint.

These positions are project-based and can be done remotely. Work hours are flexible but aimed at approximately 10 hours per week, for a total of 30 hours of work per person. The research assistants will report to ENRP Communication and Outreach Specialist Elizabeth Hanlon.



  • Native or near-native proficiency in both Mandarin Chinese and English
  • Strong written communication on technical and non-technical subjects
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills - this is a time-sensitive project
  • Proficiency with PowerPoint


  • Experience or proven interest in climate and energy policy
  • Experience with English-to-Mandarin Chinese translation
  • Familiarity with translation management software and/or AI translation tools such as Rask AI and DeepL

CVs should be sent to Elizabeth Hanlon (

Managing the Atom Project (MTA)

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) occasionally offers research opportunities during the academic year for students to work with faculty, staff, and fellows.

Middle East Initiative

The Middle East Initiative (MEI) has a variety of opportunities for HKS and Harvard students, including research MEI assistant positions for the program and for MEI senior fellows. MEI also provides funding for summer internships and for PAE/SYPA research for HKS students. Please see MEI’s website for more details about these opportunities. Most importantly, please sign up for the MEI newsletter and follow MEI on social media platforms LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date with our latest research, events, and applications.

Further questions and student resumes may be sent to MEI’s Research Program Coordinator, Marina Lorenzini at marina_lorenzini

Kuwait Foundation Fellowship

The Kuwait Foundation Fellowship for Outstanding Emerging Leaders is awarded on a competitive, merit basis to deserving applicants from the Arab World with a preference for students from Kuwait.  

It is expected that fellowship recipients will be active and engaged with the activities of the Middle East Initiative. MEI encourages applicants who can demonstrate leadership potential and a passion for public policy issues and concerns in the Arab World to apply. They also value candidates who are entrepreneurial in their field, are strong collaborators and committed to grassroots application and involvement in their society's most pressing issues and concerns. 

Further questions and student resumes may be sent to MEI's Research Program Coordinator, Marina Lorenzini at marina_lorenzini