Academic Year Residence

The CSWR residential community

CSWR residents are selected based on their particular interests in world religions in combination with their potential for substantively contributing to and benefiting from residency at the Center. Harvard graduate students, visiting fellows, and visiting faculty with an interest in world religions are strongly encouraged to apply. Throughout the year numerous social and academic events take place at the Center, and we hope that residents will participate actively in such events. Participation enhances the community spirit of the CSWR and affords residents the opportunity to interact with colleagues on multiple levels throughout the year. Residents are encouraged to consider possible new initiatives for social and academic events, and to discuss these with the residential coordinator and, as appropriate, the director. 

Key to the residential community at the Center is the World Religions Cafe, a series of informal evening presentations throughout the year by its residents, for the residential community and occasional invited outside guests. These cafes, which occur usually on Wednesday evenings for an hour, are a required part of residential life. They offer an opportunity for the CSWR residential community to come together for conversation around the theoretical and applied interests of its members. Residents in the past have found the cafe venue to be a good opportunity either to test the waters for a new research project or to share current work. The atmosphere of this particular series of meetings is intended to be relaxed and conducive to in-depth conversation around the evening’s topic. As the year progresses and everyone hears the presentations and takes a turn presenting, the intellectual and social life of the Center is deepened and enhanced.

In addition, there are other occasions when the residents gather informally, as for example at the occasional Sunday evening "Director’s Suppers." Here too, we welcome residents' suggestions on ways to enhance life at the Center.

Apply for academic year residence

Decisions regarding residency are made by the director, in consultation with the assistant director for operations and finance and CSWR staff, and take into consideration the following factors:

  • Reasons for wanting to live at the CSWR.
  • Ways that your interests might enrich the CSWR community.
  • Representation of field or area of study in the CSWR community of scholars.
  • Desire to actively participate in CSWR residential events and activities.

Applications for residence for the upcoming academic year are accepted from January 1 to April 15. Residency decisions are are announced on April 30. Download the application

Apply for CSWR junior fellowship

Applicants for residence are also eligible to apply for a CSWR junior fellowship. Junior fellows commit to exceptional service to the Center, its community, and interreligious and intellectual projects.