Eight-Week International Nonprofit Volunteer Programs

This funding category can support 8-week (or longer) summer international volunteer programs offered by non-profit organizations who meet Harvard’s health and safety review (such as World Teach). These programs typically have an application process and charge a fee for participation. Students are encouraged to explore the list of suggested programs to see where Harvard students have reported positive experiences in the past. Please note that this category is not intended to support for-credit or study abroad programs (please see the Study Abroad category). This funding is also not eligible for internship placement organizations that connect students with for-profit companies.


  • Length of opportunity: This funding source is for programs of 8 weeks or longer.
  • Previously funded: Priority will be given to student not previously funded by OCS.
  • Standing: Students must be in good standing at the time of application and at the time of departure. Please notify us right away if your standing changes at any point.
  • Leaves of Absence: This funding source is for student who will not be on leave during the spring or fall of 2019.
  • Class year: This funding source is for first-years, sophomores, juniors, or students who are first-semester seniors during the spring of 2019.


Who Gets Funded

Last year OCS was able to fund about 50% of the students who applied for funding for international non-profit volunteer programs.

How to Apply

  • Apply directly to the international volunteer program, meeting all relevant deadlines.
  • Prepare your materials for the funding application:
    • Evidence of application to or proof of acceptance to the program.
    • Completed Eight-Week International Experience Essay Form, saved in PDF format.
    • One-page resume, saved in PDF format (see OCS templates for guidance).
    • Unofficial Transcript, available under "View Unofficial Transcript" link in the Grades tab of my.harvard.edu.
    • One letter of recommendation from a member of the Harvard community. Letters written by faculty, TFs, proctors, tutors, academic advisers, coaches, mentors, supervisors, etc., will be accepted. We cannot accept letters written by current undergraduate students, family members, or people outside the Harvard community. Make sure to complete this step well in advance of the application deadline so that your recommender may submit a letter on your behalf by the deadline.
    • Enroll in Direct Deposit via your term bill following these instructions. Take a screenshot showing you are enrolled, save the screenshot as a PDF, and upload the PDF as part of your application.
  • Submit your OCS Funding Application for an 8-Week International Experience and submit the above materials in CARAT by Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 5pm.

Award Amounts

OCS awards for International Non-Profit Volunteer Programs are primarily funded by the David Rockefeller International Experience Grant as well as other funds from our Summer Funding Donors List.

Awards for selected students are as follows:

  • Cost of program (up to $8,000) for all students and students on financial aid will receive an additional travel stipend.


OCS and other funding centers at Harvard aim to distribute summer funding across the undergraduate community. Therefore, students who receive OCS funding may not accept any additional Harvard funding for their internship or research project. Students are also prohibited from accepting more than one substantial Harvard-funded summer opportunity each summer. In general, substantial experiences are defined as 8 weeks or longer. Students must disclose if they are receiving Harvard funding for any other projects at any point throughout the summer, the amount of the award, and the dates of the other project as soon as possible and no later than June 1 of the year of the award. OCS reserves the right to modify awards accordingly. Failure to promptly report other Harvard-funded summer activities may be reported to the Administrative Board.


Award Notification

Students will be notified of their funding status via email by late March 2019. Students selected for funding will have one week to accept or decline the award. Students who accept an OCS award for this category will receive their funds via direct deposit upon completion of all pre-departure requirements.