The Fellows Program is the principal forum for the interaction of practitioners with the faculty, students, and visiting scholars of the Weatherhead Center. The program was inaugurated in 1958, simultaneously with the establishment of the Center itself, in the belief that the Center's research activities would benefit from the contributions of nonacademic professionals with broad practical experience in international affairs, and that the Center could broaden the practitioners' horizons and deepen their understanding of the contemporary issues in which they are professionally involved.
Weatherhead Center Fellows may stay for an academic year, or for a shorter period, as necessary and practicable. While on campus, Fellows are exposed to social science theories and research intended to place their experiences in an academic perspective. Their primary activity is to work on a research project of their choosing or in collaboration with Center faculty associates. They may also participate in seminars at the Weatherhead Center and elsewhere, organize and lead study groups for Harvard undergraduates, provide advice to undergraduate and graduate students, and otherwise interact with the faculty, visiting scholars, and other members of the University's community. Past Fellows have been senior diplomats, military officers, politicians, journalists, international civil servants, officials from nongovernmental organizations, and business leaders from around the world.
Kathleen Molony is the Fellows Program director. Nirvana Abou-Gabal is the program coordinator. The program offices are located at 61 Kirkland Street.