Interested in applying to graduate programs or any research position in psychology?
Great! The Harvard Psychology community is thrilled to announce our offering in the form of an informational event for individuals interested in pursuing research positions and/or doctorates in psychology: Prospective Ph.D. & RA Event in Psychology (PPREP).
Who is this program for?
The goal of this workshop is to recruit and help students from historically minoritized groups in STEM with their applications to graduate school, lab manager, and/or research assistant positions. If you hold membership in one or more underrepresented and/or historically minoritized groups, including but not limited to, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), first-generation college students, those from low-income / low-resource backgrounds, non-cis-gendered individuals, and members of the queer community, then PPREP is for you! This is not just for Harvard students or people applying to Harvard programs or positions. Anyone, from anywhere, applying to ANY Ph.D program or research assistant position is invited to apply to PPREP.
Why is Harvard Psychology doing this?
The Harvard Psychology Department is actively and intentionally committing to building an inclusive field (see our Call to Action). While we intend to be more intentional about increasing diversity and support for diverse individuals within our own department, we also feel strongly that we should help historically minoritized individuals pursue training in psychology no matter what institutions they're interested in, because the field needs everything you have to offer! As such, our goal in offering this workshop is to help you put your best foot forward as you apply widely for advanced training opportunities in psychology.
What is the format?
Our community of graduate students, research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty will hold a free weekend of informal panel discussions and application workshops. You will also be paired with a current member of our psychology department (i.e., faculty, post-doc, and/or graduate student) who will provide structured feedback on the materials you intend to use to apply to research positions and advanced degree opportunities in psychology (i.e., cover letters, personal statements, and CVs).
What will the application feedback portion look like?
For people applying to graduate school, you will be expected to have a working draft of your personal statement or cover letter and CV ready by the week after the workshops. You will then receive feedback on your personal statement and diversity statement (if applicable) from the mentor you are paired with.
For people applying for research positions, you will be expected to have a working draft of your cover letter and CV ready by the week after the workshops. You will then receive feedback on these materials from the mentor you are paired with.
How do I apply?
You can apply here!
What's the application like?
The application can take from 10 to 20 minutes, and consists of a few quick questions about your background and identities that you hold, as well as a few tweet-length short answer questions about who you are and why you're interested in this program. We also ask about disability status so that we can work toward making the workshops as accessible as possible. This application is meant to be very informal!
Is this only for people who are applying to positions at Harvard?
Nope! You can apply to this workshop regardless of whether or not you plan to apply to Harvard (though we hope you'll apply to Harvard as well)! Please Note: this event is NOT associated with admissions to or employment at Harvard University.
September 17, 2021: applications are due
October 8, 2021: email notification of admission decision goes out
October 16 & 17, 2021: the informal, live event will take place virtually (via Zoom)
October 18 - 22, 2021: Peer/faculty feedback on application materials (note: please have drafts of your research statement or cover letter and CV ready)
At least 18 years of age
Individuals must be planning on applying for full-time employment in research positions and/or advanced degree opportunities in psychology THIS YEAR (i.e., Fall 2021)
Your application materials will not be seen by members outside of the selection committee for this program (i.e., mentors or other members of the department) and will not be considered if you decide to apply to Harvard for PhD programs or RA positions.
You can save your responses to this application and return later to finish and submit the application if necessary. However, after 1 week of inactivity, your application will be deleted
If you have questions about this event or the application, please email HarvardPsychRecruitment@gmail.com