Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can the DRCLAS Regional Office assist local universities to place their students at any Harvard school for research, study or work?

    Although the DRCLAS Regional Office does not place students at Harvard, it can connect local universities with Harvard faculty or students conducting related research. Each university department and school at Harvard has its own website with information on its faculty and research. These websites can be found through the main Harvard website.
  • Does the DRCLAS Regional Office co-sponsor seminars or other activities related to Latin America organized by other universities?

    Yes, the DRCLAS Regional Office hosts several public events including conferences, seminars, and workshops. Many of these events can be co-sponsored by local universities and research centers when there is a shared interest and usually when there is a pre-existing connection between faculty from Harvard and from the local universities. For more information about collaboration with public events at the DRCLAS Regional Office please call Marcela Rentería at (562) 2290 0309 or email renteria@fas.harvard.edu.
  • Can the DRCLAS Regional Office assist local non-profit organizations and companies, willing to host Harvard student interns? Can the DRCLAS Regional Office help them recruit some Harvard students?

    Yes, the DRCLAS Regional Office can assist local organizations and companies interested in recruiting Harvard students to do internships. Annually there is an eight-week Harvard Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Buenos Aires, Lima and Santiago, from June to August. The DRCLAS Regional Office matches Harvard students with public and private organizations, related to the students' professional interests and academic focus. This service is offered during the whole year and not only during the Harvard summer. 
  • Can the DRCLAS Regional Office assist people interested in getting a job at Harvard? Will the DRCLAS Regional Office accept employment applications?

    Anyone interested in applying for employment at Harvard should consult the Harvard University jobs site at http://hr.harvard.edu/jobs and apply directly through the site.
  • Does the DRCLAS Regional Office receive applications for Harvard College or Post Graduate studies?

    The DRCLAS Regional Office does not receive applications for college or post graduate studies. For graduate studies, each different school at Harvard has its own system of application and they give detailed information in their own website. 
  • Is there any kind of Harvard course given by the DRCLAS Regional Office?

    DRCLAS is part of Harvard University, but courses are not given in any of these two offices. The main function of the DRCLAS Regional Office is to work as a link between Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and the University, facilitating communication between both sides and making interaction easier among Harvard Professors and students with the institutions and people in Latin America.
  • Does the DRCLAS Regional Office offer any kind of scholarships?

    No; the DRCLAS Regional Office does not offer scholarships directly. DRCLAS Cambridge Office offers grants for students already accepted into Harvard University that want to do an internship or research related with Latin America as well as participating in any DRCLAS student program.

    Also students from Chile accepted into graduate programs  at HKS and HGSE may apply to the Andrónico Luksic Fellowship Program. In addition, Becas Chile is another opportunity for Chilean students accepted at Harvard to apply for scholarships.

    If you are looking for a full scholarship to study in Harvard, you should apply in your own country (governmental scholarships) or in private international foundations, such as the Fulbright Commission.

    For more information about students scholarships at DRCLAS please call Yadira Rivera at (617) 496 9153 or email yrivera@fas.harvard.edu
  • Are Harvard alumni organized through the DRCLAS Regional Office? Do you plan events or reunions for them?

    All organization of alumni is directed through the Harvard Alumni Association for each country. Harvard clubs throughout Latin America organize events and reunions for Harvard alumni in the region. The DRCLAS Regional Office does remain connected to alumni and will assist Harvard clubs and Alumni Associations with alumni activities in the region. 
  • Can people apply to the Visiting Scholars and Fellows Programs through the DRCLAS Regional Office?

    The DRCLAS Regional Office has information about the program available to interested members of the local community and organizes an information session about the program, but application information must be handled through the Visiting Scholars Program at the Center's Office in Cambridge. Completed applications must be sent electronically to drc_vsf@fas.harvard.edu

    Please call Edwin Ortiz in Cambridge at (617) 496-1588 or email eortiz@fas.harvard.edu or Marcela Rentería in Chile at (562) 290 0309 or email renteria@fas.harvard.edu
  • Can Harvard faculty conducting research projects on Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay get help from the DRCLAS Regional Office to get in contact with colleagues who might be working on a related field?

    Yes; the DRCLAS Regional Office can and does actively assist Harvard faculty in establishing contacts with faculty and researchers in the four countries. For support from the DRCLAS Regional Office in Chile, Faculty should contact Marcela Rentería (562) 2290 0301. 
  • Is all the research conducted by Harvard faculty and students in the DRCLAS Regional Office related only to Chile?

    Harvard faculty members conduct research on a wide variety of topics and regions. Currently, there are research projects involving nearly all of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, the DRCLAS Regional Office will focus its work on assisting Harvard faculty and students conducting research in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay.
  • Can local professors conducting research projects about Latin America get help from the Center to get in contact with colleagues at Harvard who might be working on a related field? 

    Yes; many Harvard faculty members conducting research related to Latin America look to collaborate with local experts and institutions. For support from the DRCLAS Regional Office in Chile, Faculty should contact Marcela Rentería (562) 2290 0301.
  • Can the DRCLAS Regional Office assist local universities' faculty conducting research in other Latin American countries? 

    The DRCLAS Regional Office can assist local faculty and scholars to make contact with Harvard faculty and students conducting research in the region. The DRCLAS Regional Office does not help coordinate research collaboration among non-Harvard scholars in Latin America. 
  • Can local professors interested in teaching at Harvard University apply through the DRCLAS Regional Office?

    Local professors interested in applying for a position at Harvard University should directly contact the department to which they would like to apply. Most departments have websites that can be found through the Harvard University main website.