CAP

Guidelines for Applicants to CAP Visiting Researchers and Scholars Program for 2014-15

General Information

The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) has a limited number of CAP-affiliated Visiting Researchers and Scholars.  To become CAP-affiliated, applicants must apply to become Visiting Researchers or Scholars through Harvard Law School’s (HLS’s) Graduate Program, and also apply to CAP for support for their entry to the Graduate Program.  CAP will make its decision based on the strength of the applicant’s background, and congruence of the applicant’s interests with CAP’s focus.  If CAP decides to recommend the Applicant, it will provide the HLS Faculty letter of support that the Graduate Program requires as part of its application process.  If the Graduate Program admits the applicant into its Visiting Researcher or Scholar programs, then the applicant will become a CAP-affiliated Visiting Researcher or Scholar.

CAP-affiliated Researchers and Scholars are accomplished researchers, scholars, and/or activists with a strong background in child and youth issues.  Researchers and Scholars typically come from abroad and reside at HLS for one year.  All applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English.

Substantive Focus

CAP focuses primarily on a few substantive areas and therefore candidates seeking an affiliation with CAP should have an interest and expertise in child welfare issues (abuse & neglect, adoption, foster care), juvenile justice, or education.  

Elizabeth Bartholet, CAP's Faculty Director, focuses her work in these areas: adoption, child welfare, reproductive technology.  Mary Welstead, CAP Fellow and Graduate Program Coordinator, focuses in these areas: international surrogacy, medical consent for children, forced marriage and other abusive issues specifically related to cultural values of immigrants, children of same-sex parents and their rights on relationship breakdown.  Jessica Budnitz, Lecturer on Law and CAP's founding Managing Director, will supervise those interested in these areas: juvenile justice, social entrepreneurship endeavors involving children or youth.

Term of CAP Affiliation

CAP will write letters of support for candidates who are planning to be in residence at HLS for one academic year, from September through May.  CAP will not support the applications for candidates who intend to be here for less than one academic year.

Letter of Support

If you want to be a CAP-affiliated Researcher or Scholar, you must get a letter of support from CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet and follow the procedure below.

Step 1:  

Make a preliminary inquiry.

We will provide limited informal feedback on your proposal before you submit your full application to us.  If you want feedback, you should email Mary Welstead, CAP Fellow and Graduate Program Coordinator, a very brief (1 paragraph) description of your research proposal and why you would like to be affiliated with CAP.

Step 2:

If Mary Welstead indicates that CAP might consider your proposal favorably, send CAP a copy of the application materials you intend to submit to the Graduate Program.  CAP will review these materials to determine if we are able to provide a letter of support on your behalf.

The materials required by the Graduate Program (which you should send to CAP) include:

    1. Online Application Form
    2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    3. Cover Letter
    4. Research Proposal
    5. Transcript(s)
    6. Two Letters of Recommendation (from people familiar with your work)
    7. Official TOEFL report (if applicable) 

See the Application Timeline below for the relevant deadlines on when you must submit these materials to CAP.

Step 3:

CAP will review your application and may contact you if we have further questions about your proposal or your reasons for requesting a CAP-affiliation.

If CAP decides to support your application, CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet will provide a faculty letter of support on your behalf; this is a required element of the Graduate Program application.

Step 4:

The candidate submits his/her full application to the Graduate Program.  (All items CAP requires to draft your letter of support are also required by the Graduate Program; therefore, you will not need to perform any duplicative work.)

In short, in addition to applying to CAP, all CAP-affiliated Researchers and Scholars will need to apply through the regular Graduate Program.  Therefore, prospective CAP affiliates should carefully review the requirements and application materials from Harvard Law School’s Graduate Program.   

Application Timeline
 

Date

Description

March 5, 2014Candidates who hope to serve as CAP-affiliated Researchers or Scholars beginning in September 2014 should submit their applications for a letter of support to CAP at the latest by this date; early applications are appreciated.
March 19, 2014CAP will notify candidates if we are willing to provide the Faculty Letter in support of their Graduate Program application.
April 15, 2014Candidate submits his/her application to the Graduate Program.  CAP will also submit our Faculty Letter of support by this deadline.
June 2014The Graduate Program provides application decisions.
September 2014Researchers and Scholars admitted into the Graduate Program arrive on the HLS campus and meet CAP Faculty and staff.
May 2015Researcher's and Scholar's term concludes.

Privileges

In addition to the privileges conferred by the Graduate Program, Researchers and Scholars affiliated with CAP will be able to attend CAP events, audit CAP courses, and participate in CAP research and other projects.  Researchers and Scholars will also have the opportunity to participate in an informal working paper luncheon series with other Graduate Program students, and may have the opportunity to present their own work in this program to the CAP community.

CAP cannot provide Researchers and Scholars an on-campus office, regular use of computers or telephones, secretarial or other support staff, or financial support.

Finances

CAP does not provide any funding for Researchers or Scholars, and all Graduate Program fees and expenses will apply to CAP-affiliated Researchers and Scholars.  See the Graduate Program website for information on fees, as well as potential outside sources of funding.  As noted there, the 2013-14 Program and Activity Fees for Visiting Researchers for one academic year is $2,700.  The 2013-14 Visiting Scholar Program and Activity Fees is $5,200.  Note, however, that in addition to tuition fees, Researchers and Scholars should budget for the cost of housing, food, medical fees, books, supplies, etc.  The Graduate Program estimates the cost for a single visitor in 2013-14 to be $31,832.  The costs will be much higher for visitors with families.

Selection Criteria

In selecting Researcher or Scholar candidates for CAP-affiliation and providing letters of support for the Graduate Program, CAP considers the applicant’s background, areas of interest, scholarly and other achievements, research proposal and its relevance to CAP’s existing priorities.  Moreover, CAP will consider our own capacity to support and provide advice and supervision to the applicant.

The Graduate Program makes final determinations on which candidates are admitted into the program.  A strong letter of support from CAP carries significant weight but the ultimate decision on admission will be made by the Graduate Program’s Selection Committee, a body completely independent from CAP.

Submitting Application Materials to CAP

If you are applying for a letter of support from CAP you should email your materials, if possible, to Mary Welstead, CAP Fellow and Graduate Program Coordinator, at mwelstead@law.harvard.edu.  

Alternatively, you can mail a hard copy of materials to:

Mary Welstead
c/o Child Advocacy Program
Harvard Law School
6 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Questions

All questions about becoming a CAP-affiliated Researcher or Scholar should be directed to CAP Fellow and Graduate Program Coordinator, Mary Welstead (mwelstead@law.harvard.edu).

Last modified: October 22, 2014

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