GRE/TOEFL exams must be taken prior to the RSEA application deadline and we will accept the scores that are sent from the testing company. TOEFL scores are waived for non-native English speakers who have received their bachelor’s degree from an accredited English speaking college or university.
Letters of recommendation should be written in English and submitted directly by the Recommender as directed in the GSAS application. Only three letters of recommendation should be submitted. Letters from those who know the applicant well and the applicant’s qualifications to do graduate study are the most beneficial.
RSEA is part of GSAS and the application is the same for every program within GSAS; however, the RSEA requirements are specific to RSEA applicants. Each application is separate and you should carefully read the GSAS website for additional information.
The writing sample must be in English and is limited to 20 pages on letter size paper (not A4), double-spaced utilizing 11-12 point font. The writing sample may be previously submitted to a class and though it does not need to focus on the applicant’s plan of study, it would be beneficial if it did so. The sample should reflect an applicants writing skills.
As noted on the RSEA website, there is limited funding and all applicants should apply for outside aid (such as Soros, etc.). The Harvard-Yenching Institute Fellowship is awarded through nomination by the committee and applicants may not apply for nor contact faculty members to receive the Fellowship.