The frequency and severity of disasters have been increasing each year, and wars continue to exact a heavy toll on civilians. The demand for well-prepared humanitarian leaders and well-trained responders is very high and Harvard is committed to fulfilling this need. The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is leading this effort with innovative educational programs to meet the interest expressed by graduate and undergraduate students pursuing careers in international relief and human rights.

  • Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI)
    Read more about HHI's flagship two-course program "Humanitarian Studies in the Field".
  • The Cogan Family Fund
    The Cogan Family Fund for Humanitarian Studies provides funds for undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University who are conducting field research related to crisis-affected settings.
  • Graduate Study 
    Read more about graduate-level courses and opportunities at Harvard University in humanitarian studies.
  • Undergraduate Study
    Read more about undergraduate study in humanitarian crises and human rights within the Faculty of Arts & Sciences.
  • Humanitarian Studies Course Guide
    Download this spreadsheet of Harvard University course offerings in Humanitarian Studies for the 2009-2010 academic year.
  • Affiliated Educational Opportunities
    • Global Women's Health Fellowship
      The Global Women's Health Fellowship seeks to train leaders in international women's health and international health systems through the development of academic, clinical, and administrative skills in international medicine, disaster response, war medicine, women's health, and humanitarian assistance. The fellowship is co-sponsored by the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology and the Harvard School of Public Health. The fellowship is open to health professionals specializing in areas of women's health including but not limited to: obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and anesthesia. Contact for more information.
    • International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Brigham & Women's Hospital 
      This two-year fellowship is offered by the Brigham & Women's Hospital Institute for Emergency Medicine and Health (IEMH) and supports fellows obtaining their master's in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health while conducting field work, research, and program administration. The program is open to emergency physicians pursuing a career in international health practice, research, and administration and aims to help physicians develop expertise in international emergency medicine and humanitarian assistance. For more information, please visit the Brigham & Women's Hospital Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs website.