Undergraduate Summer Programs

Summer 2022

Program Duration: 8 weeks during Summer 2022

Applications Due: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Admissions Decisions: Monday, March 1, 2022

Applications for the 2022 program are now closed. Stay tuned to this page for details on our summer 2023 program, which will be online in January 2023. 

Harvard undergraduate students are invited to join Harvard-China Project (HCP) researchers on “Decarbonization in China and Asia” summer research assistantships. Supplemented by input and collaboration from partners at various Chinese institutions, you will conduct 8 weeks of independent summer research bridging data analysis, modeling, and/or policy analysis to contribute to a Research Team on the following potential topics:


  • Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia as Energy Carriers
  • Grid Integration of Renewable Power
  • Industrial Decarbonization: Iron & Steel and Cement
  • Methane Sources and Analysis
  • Economics of Electricity System Reform and Household Demand
  • Low-carbon Urban Design

Research Support:

All research assistants can expect regular meetings with designated faculty or other PhD-level research mentors, led by Professor Michael B. McElroy. Harvard-China Project Executive Director Chris Nielsen will provide additional support.


Please note that it is not yet determined if the program will run virtually or in-person in Cambridge. If selected to participate in our research program, students will receive an anticipated $4,000 stipend if the program runs virtually, and a $5,000 stipend if the program runs in-person. The coordination of payment will be facilitated by the Office of Career Services, which is generously sponsoring this research program. Funding for this program is dependent on forthcoming summer funding policies from Harvard College, and subject to change based on final guidance.


This program is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors currently enrolled in Harvard College. All applicants must be enrolled for the semester following this summer program (Fall semester 2021). Students must also be enrolled in the Spring 2022 semester - if a student, on leave this spring semester, wishes to apply for an exception to be funded, they should be in touch with their Resident Dean to see if they can bring a petition to the Administrative Board.

Students in Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP), Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), Environmental Science & Engineering (ESE), Economics, other natural science and engineering, and economics are particularly encouraged to apply, but we welcome applications from all concentrations.


Contact Kellie Nault, Communications Manager, at knault@fas.harvard.edu.

About Our Past Programs

2021 Program

Learn more about some of the research projects of seven students chosen to participate in a virtual "Decarbonization in Chinan & Asia" Research Assistantship. 

2020 Program

This year's program was unfortunately cancelled by the global coronavirus pandemic.

2018 Program

Learn about the 2018 summer research program at Tsinghua University and Chinese University of Hong Kong in a Harvard Gazette story, which featured students' perspectives on their experiences.

2017 Program

Learn about our 2017 summer program, which sent thirty Harvard College undergraduate students to Tsinghua University for a two-week intensive summer program on China's environmental challenges.

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