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Harvard-Westlake GO! Student Summer Fellowships
HWGo! initiates and supports curricula and programs that
- help students recognize how differing cultures, traditions, histories, and religions may underlie views and values that are consonant, or may contrast, with their own
- promote appreciation of students’ cultural and global responsibility.
The Harvard-Westlake GO! Student Summer Fellowships program supports selected students in their cultural enrichment and/or global awareness activities in destinations around the world, as those students extend their knowledge beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
The following fellowships will be awarded in their respective amounts to members of the respective eligible grades:
Harvard-Westlake Asia Initiative Summer Fellowship
Up to three fellowships in the amount of up to $4000 each will be awarded to Harvard-Westlake students in the spring for exploration of Asia and/or Asian culture during the ensuing summer. Students who are currently 11th graders may apply. An outstanding fellowship proposal will describe a unique and immersive experience that will broaden and deepen the student’s understanding of one or more of the Asian cultures, histories, and/or societies.
Harvard-Westlake Latin-American and Iberian Studies Fellowship
Up to three fellowships in the amount of up to $4000 each will be awarded to Harvard-Westlake students in the spring for study and/or travel during the ensuing summer. Students who are currently 9th, 10th, and 11th graders may apply. The Latin-American and Iberian Studies initiative supports selected students in cultural enrichment and/or global awareness activities in the Spanish-speaking world, and it extends what is taught about the Spanish-speaking world in History, World Languages, Economics, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts classes.
Harvard-Westlake Junior Summer Fellowship
A fellowship in the amount of up to $4000 will be awarded to a current 11th grader to enable the recipient to discover and explore some area of interest during the summer between the Junior and Senior year. An outstanding fellowship proposal will describe a unique and immersive experience that will broaden and deepen the student’s understanding of himself/herself and the world. While this usually involves travel, that is not a requirement.
Application and Proposal
The 2017-2018 Fellowship application is now available. As part of the application, you will submit your fellowship proposal. You will need to provide:
- The title of your Proposed Experience (please include the destination and/or subject matter in your title)
- A summary of your proposal. The proposal should describe a unique and immersive experience that will broaden and deepen your understanding of some facet of world culture, history, and society. The proposal does not necessarily need to entail travel. The proposal should set forth with specificity the anticipated location(s) and activities of your Fellowship.
- Your inspiration and aspirations in undertaking this Fellowship. As best you can, the proposal should articulate why you are undertaking this particular experience and what you hope to gain by it.
- Your proposed itinerary, as best as you can craft it at this point.
- Your proposed budget. This can be an approximation at this point but should fully account for your anticipated expenses. Your overall expenses set forth in your proposed budget can exceed the Fellowship amount, but, if they do so, please indicate your source(s) of additional funding.
- An envisioned communication plan when are undertaking your experience. As a recipient, you will be required to generate output (such as video, photos, journal entries, etc.) to share with the HW community.
- An envisioned presentation, to be conveyed on separate occasions to the Student Fellowship committee (August 23), a gathering of parents, friends, teachers, and administrators (September 6), and the HW community (January or February) upon your return. Since this is the tangible manifestation of your experience and is the fulfillment of the program’s mission of having its participants’ experience have resonance throughout the HW community, this is the most important component to which you are providing your commitment.
- An accounting of the family members and friends that you anticipate encountering during your Fellowship. This experience is meant to be immersive and call upon your independent nature. While travel and encounters with family and friends is not prohibited, the fundamental purpose of your Fellowship must be your own participation in and interaction with your chosen people and place(s) of exploration.
Here are the following deadlines/obligations to which you are committing yourself:
- Applications are due no later than 8:30 AM, Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Upon being awarded a Fellowship:
- Supporting documentation as required is due no later than 3:10 PM, Monday, May 14, 2018.
- Attendance at a departure meeting is required on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
- Submission of a status report is due no later than Monday, July 16, 2017.
- Presentation of work product and program recap to Summer Fellowship Committee will occur on Thursday, August 23, 2018.
- Formal presentation to gathering of parents, friends, teachers, and administrators will occur on the evening of Thursday, September 6, 2018.
- Presentation to the HW Community in Janaury or February.
"Pursuing the Gunter-Gross Fellowship was quite possibly the best decision I have ever made. This experience was not only eye-opening on an international level, but I was also able to discover much more about myself on a personal, introspective level. My sister and I went to Beijing together on a joint program to study pollution and the effects of it on the people and the environment."
Sophia Szu, Student
"As a 2014 recipient of the Harvard-Westlake Iberian and Latin-American Studies Summer Fellowship I was able to travel domestically to interview several scholars on the subject of Mariachi Ensembles in US Colleges…Harvard Westlake allowed me the opportunity to study in depth the cultural impact of Mariachi music on both sides of the border."
Karenina Juarez, Student
"I applied for a fellowship because I never would have been able to pursue my idea without one. The fellowship allowed me to make my long shot fantasy a reality. During my travels in Costa Rica, I was able to actually experience a culture, which is something you definitely can't get from a book or movie. If you're interested in what lies beyond the U.S.; apply for a fellowship, it will allow you to completely immerse yourself in a foreign culture."
David Weitz, Student
"Receiving the fellowship gave me the experience of a lifetime. By traveling to Spain and living there for three weeks with a host family I was able to get the cultural immersion that really helped me improve my Spanish and also helped me learn to appreciate other cultures. It made me want to travel more and I learned how to be more independent. All in all, the fellowship that I received was the best thing that happened to me."
Alexandra Grande, Student