Applications are due by WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the review committee.


Interested in joining the Consortium? If you meet all of the following criteria, we encourage you to complete the application below:

  • I am actively enrolled as a Harvard University master's or doctoral student
  • If I am a doctoral student, I will have completed the first year of my doctoral program requirements prior to starting the Consortium
  • I have the explicit support of my academic advisor
  • I can demonstrate a relationship between my academic / professional interests and the science and policy surrounding energy and environmental issues
  • I have a desire to actively engage with, and learn from, faculty and other students across a variety of disciplines at Harvard

Space in the program may be limited, and priority is given to doctoral students.


(for the 2018-19 academic year; e.g. G2, G3, etc.)
We require confirmation from your advisor that s/he approves your participation in the Consortium - your application is not complete until we receive an email from your advisor indicating his or her approval of your application. Please ask your advisor to send a brief email message to Eric Simms (, including explicit acknowledgement that s/he is aware of the time commitment involved, the potential teaching fellowship obligation (for doctoral students receiving HUCE fellowship support), and a brief explanation of how participation in the Consortium relates to your research goals.
Proposed Course of Study
Consortium students must take two energy / environmental courses: one policy course, and one science course. Some courses have limited enrollment, and most courses have academic prerequisites - students should consider the prerequisites for each course when planning their course of study for the program. Students can propose alternatives to the courses listed below, but in keeping with the intent of the Consortium to increase students' breadth of understanding about energy and environmental issues, students are expected to choose courses that they would not normally take for their degree. Course descriptions can be found on the Consortium landing page or the course catalog on my.harvard. To petition for a course other than the ones listed below, please contact Eric Simms.
Fellowship Support
Doctoral students accepted into the Consortium will be eligible to apply for graduate fellowship support provided by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Fellowship recipients may be called upon to work as a teaching fellow for an undergraduate course related to energy and/or environment during their time in the Consortium, and if so, will be compensated for their time spent teaching by the department sponsoring the course. Applicants who are available to serve as teaching fellows will be given admission priority.
Please list all current and anticipated sources of support for your doctoral research for the next two years, including the duration and amount of each source. Sources should include external and internal fellowships, GSAS stipends, research assistantships, teaching fellowships, et cetera.
Academic Background
The Consortium encourages applications from students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and disciplinary interests. While it is not expected that students will be exceptionally well-versed in all subject areas, successful completion of the coursework does require a certain level of prior academic knowledge. At a minimum, Consortium students should have experience with single-variable calculus, and at least one semester of calculus-based physics. To help us gauge your experience in several areas of study related to the Consortium, please indicate the number of college-level semesters you have completed for each of the following subject areas:
Math Background
Please answer the following two questions to help us evaluate your preparedness for the Consortium courses.
Please submit the following items with this application:
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words describing your interest in, and qualifications for, the program and specifically indicate how it relates to your graduate work.
Please provide an unofficial copy of your transcript. You should be able to download a copy of your transcript via your my.harvard account. For privacy and security reasons, please do not send electronic copies of your transcript as an email attachment.

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