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    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    In the spirit of Harvard University's commitment to assuring broader access to its educational resources, Harvard Divinity School is committed to providing financial assistance to all students in the form of merit based funding and need based aid.

    HDS offers you the opportunity to obtain a graduate degree in an academically challenging and diverse community. Making an informed decision on how to fund your education is an essential component in laying the foundation for a meaningful graduate school experience. The staff in the Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to working with you to plan this important investment in your future, and encourage you to contact the office at 617.495.5772 or by email to [email protected] with any financial aid questions.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús
    Assistant Professor of African American Religions

    David Carrasco
    Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    Mayra Rivera 
    Associate Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies
    2004-2005 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Hispanic Centers and Programs 

    Hispanic Summer Program – member school.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    Andover-Harvard holds about 30,000 volumes of rare books, tracts and other rare materials. Most were printed before 1851. The collection includes 23 incunabula or books printed during the earliest period of printing with movable type, roughly from the time of the printing of the Gutenberg Bible to the early 16th-century. The oldest is a book on virtues by Guillelmus Paraldus printed "not after 1475." The Andover-Harvard collection is often complementary and supplementary to the half million volume collection at the Houghton Library, Harvard's main rare book repository, and rare book researchers will often need to consult both collections.

    Andover-Harvard's holdings include early Hebrew, Latin and Greek bibles as well as many bibles in vernacular languages printed on missionary presses. There are first editions of Luther, Calvin, Melanchthon, Zwingli, and other reformers, including a large collection of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Latin tracts by Jacobus Arminius and his followers who were early opponents of strict Calvinist theology. There is an excellent collection of materials concerning the 18th-century Salzburg Protestants, a Lutheran refugee group expelled from Salzburg, Austria in 1731 and 1732. One will also find early editions of the works of the New England Puritans and first editions of most of the works of important 19th-century Unitarians and Universalists, such as Channing, Parker, Ballou, and Emerson. Included also are the libraries of such notables as Bishop John Codman of Dorchester (1,250 vols.).

    Other Resources

    The Center for the Study of World Religions

    The mission of the Center at Harvard Divinity School is:

    • to advance interdisciplinary, international, and interreligious exchange, learning, and research on the world's religions;
    • to bring together the rich intellectual resources of faculty and students at Harvard Divinity School and at other Schools and departments of Harvard University with an international scholarly network to explore issues of religion in today's complex, globalizing, and changing world; and
    • to build a deeper and broader understanding of the histories and contemporary patterns of the world's religious communities by hosting scholars and practitioners at the Center as residents and program participants.

    The study of the world's major religious and spiritual traditions at Harvard, especially at the Divinity School, has been guided by the CSWR since it opened its doors in the fall of 1960, funded initially by a group of anonymous donors in 1957. Over 600 graduate students, CSWR fellows, and visiting professors representing the world's major religious traditions have been affiliated with the Center, many of them as residents.

    Women’s Studies in Religion Program

    The Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) was founded to explore the fundamental role played by religious traditions in defining roles for women and men. Research on religion and gender sheds light on questions about the changing roles of women both inside religious communities and in broader public spheres. It examines the sources of cultural beliefs about leadership, authority, and values, and offers resources to change them. Because religion is so often offered as a rationale for proposals regarding women and the family, critical scholarship in this area is essential to women's welfare and to the formation of public policies. Feminist criticism has affected every field of religious and theological studies, calling for a rethinking of basic assumptions in view of women's presence and full humanity. The Program's goal is the production of new primary research addressing these issues and the dispersal of that information through courses, publications, and public programs.

    Religious Literacy Project

    The Religious Literacy Project, headed by Diane Moore, is a new initiative begun in 2011 that will enable Harvard Divinity School to continue its nearly four decades of leadership in religious studies and education in the United States.

    As a successor to the Program in Religious Studies and Education (a ground-breaking teacher-education program within HDS, founded in 1972), the Religious Literacy Project (RLP) will be a virtual resource and research center housed at the Center for the Study of World Religions. Its primary aim will be to create and maintain resources designed primarily for public-school teachers and their students that will promote a better understanding of the religious dimensions of multiculturalism in civic life.

    Former HTI Fellows/HTIC Scholars

    Roberto Mata
    2013-2014 Dissertation Year Scholar


     Contact Information 

    The HTIC person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Harvard Divinity School is:

    Name:              Maritza Suyapa Hernandez
    Title:                 Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services
    Telephone:     617.496.8641
    Email:              [email protected]