Application Instructions

Please review the following information carefully before submitting your application for a DRCLAS Summer Program. For questions, reference the information session presentation here.

Please note: Students are allowed to apply to up to two DRCLAS programs, and should do so using separate applications. 

Application Instructions

Applicants will receive notification from each program regarding acceptance on March 1, 2020.

Harvard College & Graduate students will apply using CARAT (Centralized Application for Research and Travel).

Undergraduates may find the direct application link here.
Graduate students may find the direct applicaiton link here.

You will be asked to upload the following documents/information to CARAT:

  • Your personal statement
    • Max 750 words
    • Written in English
    • Must detail:
      • Your overall candidacy
      • Your interest in the country/region
      •  At least 1 specific organization in which you want to be placed (no more than 3)
  • Your current resume
  • Your current unofficial transcript
    • Download a FULL transcript from my.Harvard (not a screenshot of courses)
    • Do not black-out any details/grades
    • This must include Fall 2019 grades/courses

Please see the next tab for information about interviews.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Murray-Crawford.


  • Undergraduate students applying to a co-sponsored internship will apply through the regular SIP application and signify their IOP and/or HBS preference in their statement
  • References are verbal and are not required to write a letter of recommendation. They must be Harvard-affiliates and will be contacted by phone/email by DRCLAS as needed

Interview Scheduling

Important Interview Notes:
• Selected applicants will receive an invitation to schedule their interviews by February 7, 2020.
• Interviews will be held February 10 - 14 at the DRCLAS Cambridge office in CGIS South at 1730 Cambridge St., 2nd floor (check signs for specific country locations)
• Interviews will last ~15 minutes, and will be conducted in the language of the program you are applying to (Spanish or Portuguese) unless noted otherwise
• It is the responsibility of the students to record and remember the date/time of their interview, you will not receive a reminder

• Argentina Applicants (Includes HBS applicants):
Schedule one interview slot here.

• Brazil Applicants (Includes IOP applicants):
Schedule one interview slot here.

• Chile Applicants (Includes IOP applicants):
Schedule one interview slot here.

• Mexico Applicants (Includes IOP and COLMEX applicants):
Schedule one interview slot here.

Funding Information

Important Funding Information: 
• Undergraduate students who are in good standing, complete the spring semester, and are returning for the fall semester as full-time students are eligible for funding through the Office of Career Services (OCS)No separate application for this funding is required as it is part of your CARAT application to the program
• All students that are not eligible for OCS funding may still be eligible for DRCLAS funding, which requires no additional application. This includes all graduate students.
• At this time, we are unable to provide funding for students without a demonstrated financial need.

• If you are currently on a Leave of Absence and are NOT studying abroad for transfer credit, you are not eligible to participate in a DRCLAS Summer Program or receive funding from DRCLAS.
• All students must be in good academic standing at time of participation in a DRCLAS program.
• Graduating students may apply for a DRCLAS program, though funding is not guaranteed.