PPREP Program


Interested in applying to graduate programs or any research position in psychology?

Great! The Harvard Psychology community is thrilled to announce a new 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 help students from historically minoritized groups with their applications to graduate school, lab manager or research assistant positions, or any other research position in the field. If you hold membership in one or more underrepresented and/or historically minoritized groups, including but not limited to, non-cis-gendered individuals, members of the queer community, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), individuals who are differently-abled or who experience disability, first-generation college students, and those from low-income / low-resource backgrounds, then P-PREP is for you! Interested applicants from any institution or organization are invited to apply!


Why is Harvard Psychology doing this?

The Harvard Psychology Department is actively and intentionally committing to building an inclusive field. 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 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.


What will the application feedback portion look like?

For people applying to graduate school, you will receive feedback on your research statement and diversity statement, or a brainstorm about how to approach these if you haven’t started yet.


For people applying for research positions, you'll be able to learn more about what these jobs look like, what kinds of letters or recommendation are helpful, and how to draft emails and cover letters you would use to reach out to prospective job opportunities.


How do I apply?

You can apply here!


What's the application like?

The application can take from 10-20 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. 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: that this event is NOT associated with admissions to or employment at Harvard University.


How are participants selected?

We will first review applications to ensure selection criteria are met. Then, we will randomly select from this pool by sub-discipline (i.e., cognitive/brain/behavior, developmental, clinical, and social) to form a cohort for the event.


We are using random selection to comprise the final cohort of attendees to ensure a maximally equitable selection process. If anyone eligible is not selected, we will work with you to find an informal mentor through a partner program. 


Important Dates:

  • September 18, 2020: applications are due

  • October 9, 2020: email notification of admission decision goes out

  • October 17 & 18: the informal, live event will take place virtually (via Zoom)

  • October 19 - 23: Peer/faculty feedback on application materials


Eligibility Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age


Important Notes:

  • Priority will be given to individuals who are planning on applying for full-time employment in research positions and advanced degree opportunities in psychology THIS CYCLE (i.e., Fall 2020)



If you have questions about this event or the application, please email HarvardPsychRecruitment@gmail.com


Helpful Links


DIB Call to Action



Update 10/21/2020


We are also excited to announce that we have successfully completed our first Prospective PhD & RA Event in Psychology (PPREP) event!
From a pool of over 1200 unique applications, we were able to extend invitations to 300 students to participate in our weekend event and then work one-on-one with over 100 volunteer mentors. We thank the psychology department community for helping us fulfill the mission of PPREP these coming weeks!
For more information about PPREP, please click here.

Finally, please check out our newly launched PRO-TiP resource page for individuals applying to graduate school! Video recordings of faculty addressing your questions will be posted soon!



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