PBHA’s Priscilla Chan Stride Service Program: Postgraduate Fellowship

Want to continue making a difference after graduation?

Rina Padua '17 (second from right) receiving a Chan Stride Postgraduate Fellowship in 2017

Recipients of the 2019 Chan Stride Postgraduate Fellowships.

Established in 1983, Priscilla Chan Stride Service Program (formerly known as Stride Rite) supports students of diverse economic and social backgrounds as they become leaders in their communities, both as undergraduates and beyond. To do this, the program provides reflection and skill development opportunities, mentorship, and financial assistance.

For those students who are seeking to engage in an entrepreneurial, high impact service project following graduation, Stride established a post-graduate service fellowship. This fellowship is awarded each year to support entrepreneurial projects that reflect a continued commitment to social justice on behalf of the graduating senior. Many of these fellowships have been instrumental in the establishment of high impact non-profit organizations that are gaining national and international recognition. Some of these include Strong Women, Strong Girls, The Boston Worker’s Alliance, Peace First, and On the Rise.

Apply to the Priscilla Chan Stride Service Program Postgraduate Fellowship

PBHA’s Priscilla Chan Stride Service Program Postgraduate Fellowships are intended for Harvard seniors who were devoted to service as undergraduates, and who demonstrate a future lifetime commitment to service. The spirit of the award is to provide fellows with the opportunity to put their vision for social change into action. Each fellow is awarded up to $35,000.

The grant money from the Phillips Brooks House Association is intended to support the fellow’s living expenses as they work on a public interest project full-time in the year following graduation.

The committee generally favors projects with the following characteristics:

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Community based
  • Within the U.S. (ideally in a community with which the applicant has worked in the past)
  • Builds on undergraduate service experience
  • Potential for ongoing impact

The committee generally favors applicants with the following characteristics:

  • Participated in year-round public service during their undergraduate career
  • Built long-term relationships with one or more communities
  • Plan to work in a human services profession long-term
  • Passionate, energetic, effective leaders

Want to continue making a difference after graduation? Have an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to turn your public service experiences into a year-long project proposal?

Come find out more at an upcoming info session about a way to make it happen through the Priscilla Chan Stride Service Program Postgraduate Fellowship.

We will discuss fellowship criteria, individual questions, and coaching at information sessions in the Spring semester. **All eventual applicants must attend a session to be eligible. **


2021 Postgraduate Fellowship Program Application Details:

Applicants to the Chan STRIDE Postgraduate Fellowship Program must attend one information session or contact STRIDE@pbha.org to schedule an alternate session.

The full application, with reference letters, must include the following: 

  • Submit your letter of intent

    • Use this form to indicate your interest in the Fellowship, receive communication and support, and outline your idea (it can be adjusted in the full application later) – this opens your application to complete.
      Expected by March 5, 2021 at 5:00pm EST. For later interest, complete the form and contact stride@pbha.org for support.
  • Submit your application

    • Download 2021 application here.
    • Upload the completed documents in this form after submitting a letter of intent.
    • Due online by March 24, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.
  • Reference letters

    • Submit letter of recommendation here (requires ID auto-emailed from stride@pbha.org about applicant) by March 24, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.