Independent Experience Stipend

Next Deadline: Rolling monthly 


The Independent Experience Stipend is a program which aims to encourage and aid currently-enrolled Harvard students interested in pursuing substantive professional experiences related to Latin America and the Caribbean with underrepresented organizations, remotely. 

Students must independently identify and secure their own remote internships with host entities and demonstrate proof of collaboration. Applicants must commit to working remotely throughout the academic year for an average of 10 hours per week, for at least 8 full weeks. 

The stipend will be available throughout the duration of the 2020-2021 Academic Year.


Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students pursuing remote internships related to and engaging Latin America and/or the Caribbean are eligible to apply.

Students may pursue experiences in any discipline or field so long as they directly engage with Latin America and/or the Caribbean. Opportunities with organizations and universities based in Latin America will be prioritized, particularly those that are underrepresented. 

Students must commit an average of 10 hours per week, for at least 8 full weeks.

This stipend is intended to assist experience that otherwise do not have access to financial support. Paid positions or opportunities that have received funding from other sources are not eligible.

Priority will be given to students receiving financial aid from Harvard, and to students who engage in/with underrepresented entities/areas.

Application Requirements

The IES application may be found on CARAT. Undergrads may follow this link. Graduate students may follow this link
Please review details below of the application's requirements:
  • Resume (1 page maximum)
  • Updated Unofficial Transcript from current term
    • Used to demonstrate proof of enrollment 
  • Short Answer Questions: Applicants are asked to respond to a few short answer questions regarding:
    • ​Previous experiences that have led the applicant to pursue an independent experience during the academic year of 2020-2021 (250 word response)
    • Applicant's goals for the independent experience (250 word response)
    • How the independent experience relates to the applicant's future plans (250 word response)
    • Applicant's connection to or interest in the independent experience's host organization (250 word response)
    • How the independent experience will impact the region? (250 word response)
  • Proof of Internship letter: Applicants are responsible for identifying and securing their own remote experience. Students must submit an official proof of internship letter signed by their independent experience supervisor that must include:
    • Work schedule: hours/week, days of the week, start and end dates
    • Confirmation of fully remote, unpaid format of the independent experience
    • General description of student responsibilities and project goals/deliverables
    • Supervisor contact information and signature

Funding Details

  • Students are not allowed to receive other funding or payment contributing to the proposal.
  • A stipend of up to $1200 will be granted towards selected students
  • The stipend is intended for ~80 hours of work, across the course of 8 full weeks (2 consecutive months).
    • Students that wish to work longer with their organization may do so, understanding these funding limits.

Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, monthly, beginning October 1, 2020 and ending by July 1, 2021. 
    • Sponsored internships/projects should conclude no later than August 31, 2021.
  • A committee of DRCLAS staff will review all applications on the 15th of each month. Please plan your proposal and start dates accordingly.
    • Applicantions submitted prior to the 15th will be reviewed in the nearest upcoming review cycle.
    • Status updates for reviewed applications will be delivered by the end of the month.