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Summer Research Program

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The application system for summer 2018 will open in early December 2017.  Please check back then for updated information and to apply.

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, wildlife dynamics, and species diversity. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, landscape modeling, and data provenance (see 2017 research projects and 2016 student abstracts). Read student experiences from past summers on our blog.

Where is the Harvard Forest? The Harvard Forest is located in the town of Petersham, in Western Massachusetts.

2017 Summer Program Dates

Monday, May 22 - Friday, August 4, 2017


  • Stipend of $5775 for the 11-week session
  • Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
  • Free full meal plan
  • Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Harvard Forest campus (federal grant restrictions apply)

How to Apply

Application Deadline is Friday, February 3, 2017, 11:59PM EST