Puerto Rico Winter Institute

Next Deadline: November 9, 2020

Program Overview

The Puerto Rico Winter Institute (PRWI) is a graduate seminar in collaboration with the College of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras (UPR). The program is led by UPR Professor Pedro Reina Perez. 

The program aims to:

  • Establish a new, mutually productive exchange between Faculty and students from Harvard University and the University of Puerto Rico, in an annual seminar

  • Foster conversation on themes of common interest for Puerto Rico that will lead to collaborations (publications, symposia, academic exchanges)

  • Engender awareness and understanding of Puerto Rico and its present condition to produce new scholarship and expand academic ventures

  • Take advantage of San Juan as a center of academic and intellectual activity at the crossroads of the hemisphere

  • Enhance understanding among faculty and students through teaching and outreach activities

Program Description

2021 Program Theme: Reimagining Citizenship and Governance in Pandemic Times

Program Dates

  • January 7 - 13, 2021

  • Approximately 4 hours/day

  • Final agenda for remote program will be shared with participants


20 students will be selected to participate in the seminar (10 from Harvard University, 10 from UPR). Undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible to apply. Preference will be given to graduate students, and/or students whose research interests best align with the themes of the seminar. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable. 

Each student will write a paper focused on selected topics. A project blog will feature the writings of participants, together with photos and video.

Application Requirements

  • A completed application form via CARAT
    • Undergrads may access the application here
    • Graduate students may access the application here
  • A personal statement
    • 500 words written in English stating your: area of expertise, research interest(s), potential contribution(s) to the outcomes of the seminar, time to graduation (year of study)
  • Updated resume
  • Current Fall 2020 Unofficial Transcript 

Program Costs & Availablity of Funding

The PRWI is generously supported by the Wilbur Marvin Foundation and has no program fee.

A stipend will be provided to participants to assist with participation.


Contact Pedro Reina-Pérez or Rachel Murray-Crawford