Undergraduate Summer Programs


Program Duration: 8 weeks during Summer 2021

Admissions Decisions: Thursday, April 1, 2021

*Please note that the application deadline has passed


Harvard undergraduate students are invited to join Harvard-China Project (HCP) researchers on “Decarbonization in China and Asia” virtual research projects. 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 one of these three Research Teams:

Research Team One (3 students):

Research Team Two (1-2 students):

Research Team Three (1-2 students):

Research Support:

All research assistants can expect regular meetings with their designated research mentors, as well as occasional group meetings on broader topics. Chris Nielsen, Executive Director of the Harvard-China Project, will provide additional support for the chosen cohort of students, with periodic check-ins.


If selected to participate in our research program, students will receive an anticipated $4,000 stipend for the 8-week summer program. The coordination of payment will be facilitated by the Office of Career Services, which is generously sponsoring this virtual 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 freshman, 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 2021 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.

Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP), Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), Environmental Science & Engineering (ESE), Economics, and other natural sciences and engineering students receive priority, but we welcome applications from all concentrations.


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

About Our Past Programs

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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