Harvey Fellowship- A brief guide

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The Harvey fellowship or Harvey Fellows Program, as it is known, offers scholarships for Christian students who are enrolled in graduate courses at leading institutions. The fellowship looks at students in the education field where Christians are underrepresented and those with a unique vision for societal progress through their professions. This fellowship was started by the MSF (Mustard Seed Foundation) in the year 1992, looking at helping people to fuse their professions and faiths with a view towards becoming future professional leaders in strategic fields like the Government sector, media, industry, scientific research, higher education, and the arts. 

The Mustard Seed Foundation is now collaborating with the 28twelve Foundation for the initiative. 


The eligibility criteria to apply for Harvey Fellowship include the following: 

1. Applicants should have faith and belief in Jesus Christ, with a strong desire to bear witness and serve society in the name of Christ. 

2. They should provide affirmation of either the Lausanne Covenant or provide a statement that talks about the differences in theological knowledge. 

3. Involvement in the local church and the community is viewed favorably by the scholarship foundation. 

4. Applicants should be in full-time graduate courses. Those in UG, part-time, non-degree or post-doctorate programs cannot apply. 

5. The aspirant should be applying to a reputed or globally recognized institution, preferably amongst the top 5 in any particular subject. 

6. Applicants should prove that their chosen professional field will majorly impact society while being underrepresented by Christians so far. 

7. Some strategic fields include business, finance, economics, teaching, research, administration, media and journalism, international diplomacy, security, public and federal policy, theoretical and applied sciences, film production, visual and performing arts and more. 

8. Christian education, farming, homemaking, religious/church work, elementary/secondary education, civil service, military service, social work, clinical psychology/counseling, medicine, professional sports and other fields are non-priority vocational categories for the foundation. 

Benefits: Harvey Fellowship

Harvey Fellowship is a scholarship that offers $16,000 as initial stipend and can be renewed for up to two years. Funding is usually offered for two years in the case of master’s courses and three years for doctoral or law courses. 


Here is a list of documents required to apply for Harvey Fellowship:

1. Contact Details

2. CV/Resume

3. Statement of the Vocational Goals

4. Lausanne Covenant Affirmation

5. 5 essays (maximum 400 words for each)- Personal Faith Statement, Impact, Leadership, Vocational Goals, Degree Program and Other (regarding any optional information that you wish to inform the foundation about)

6. Information about the degree program or school

7. Letters of recommendation from the academic advisor, local church, spiritual recommender, and professional/academic sphere. 

8. Scores in tests like GMAT, GRE, LSAT and other standardized examinations 

9. Official UG and PG transcripts

10. Work sample (presentation, research excerpt or paper, any published work, recital, research proposal, artwork and more). You should submit a maximum of 25 pages in terms of written work. 

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How can you apply? 

You can apply at this link after viewing the list of all documents on the website.

Important Dates

The application window starts from 1st August and closes by the 1st of November. 

Selection Criteria: Harvey Fellowship

The criteria to apply for Harvey Fellowship include the following: 

1. Statement and proof of the Christian faith and beliefs of the applicant. 

2. Commitment and involvement with his or her local church. 

3. How does the applicant describes his or her strategic vocation as a field conducive to the mission and for influencing the society? 

4. Argument for higher representation of Christians in this chosen field. 

5. Proven expertise in this discipline along with the ability for leading peers. 

6. The overall potential to influence structures and individuals in the field through vocational commitments and vision. 

7. Ability to flourish in the selected professional/education/cultural field. 

8. Outstanding academic track record. 

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