Over the summer of 2010, HHI sponsored 15 undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University to conduct field research in international crisis affected settings through the Cogan Family Fund. The Cogan Family Fund enables students to obtain international field experience, while gaining an understanding of the complex, cross-disciplinary nature of humanitarian work. Over the past few months, students traveled to Haiti, DRC, India, Bolivia, Romania, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Nepal, Kashmir and Mozambique.

Harvard students interested in advancing research, practice, and policy in the field of humanitarian assistance are encouraged to apply by November 15, 2010 for projects to be conducted during winter break.

Click here to download a pdf with more information about the application process.

hyh book2 Check out the book depicting the experiences of 14 Harvard students traveling on the Cogan Family Fund in Summer 2010.Click here to see the photos and read their stories.


  • Freshman Seminar on "Human Rights in Peace and War"
    Jennifer Leaning (Public Health) and Jacqueline Bhabha
    Half course (fall term) Th., 3-5 Catalog Number: 8408 Enrollment: Limited to 15
    Studies how human rights perspective illuminates relations between state authority and individuals and defines standards of behavior that societies agree to aspire to reach. Topics include the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rights in political and economic spheres, the rights of women, children, and refugees, international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and the state, regional, and international processes and structures that establish and monitor the regime of international human rights law.
    Note: Meets at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Open to Freshmen only.
  • Junior Seminar on "Environmental Crises and Population Flight"
    Catalog Number: 9841 
    Jennifer Leaning (Public Health) (Public Health, Medical School)
    Half course (fall term) W., 1:30-4 
    War, disaster, drought, or famine force people to flee their land. The humanitarian consequences of this loss of place and livelihood are filled with complexity, relating to the extent and permanence of environmental destruction wrought by these crises, people's attachment to their homes and ecosystems, the circumstances of departure, the destinations of refuge, and the possibilities for return. These issues will be examined through case studies and review of literature on forced migration and calamity.Humanitarian Studies Course Guide.

To download HHI's Humanitarian Studies Course Guide for the 2009-2010 academic year, which contains additional relevant course offerings in humanitarian studies within the Faculty of Arts & Science, click here.



Vincenzo Bollettino
Phone: 617-384-8368
Email: HHIPrograms@gmail.com