Program Eligibility

Any continuing Harvard College undergraduate student in good standing who is interested in participating as a Fellow in a PRIMO-designated research project directed by a Harvard Business School faculty member during the ten weeks of the program is eligible to apply.

Since a primary purpose of the Program is to build and foster a strong and diverse community of business scholars, a successful application will demonstrate the following:

  • A strong dedication to developing or furthering academic interest and excellence in business research;
  • The ability and desire to participate successfully and enthusiastically in a diverse residential community of scholars;
  • An academic record demonstrating success in coursework that develops theoretical knowledge and/or practical application of academic principles in research;
  • A commitment to participate and contribute for the full ten weeks of the Program. Please note that program dates are not flexible. Individuals taking summer school courses, preparing for summer graduate school entrance exam, or engaging in full-time public service projects are not eligible to participate in PRIMO.

Evaluation of the applicant will be based on how well and how effectively the components of the application define and address these qualities and requirements.

How to Apply

APPLICATION ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS -- READ CAREFULLY!!

Download and carefully read the formal Application Instructions and PRIMO Application Supplement (in .pdf form), which includes instructions for your recommenders.

  1. READ THROUGH THE PROGRAM INFORMATION
  2. Thoroughly peruse the PRIMO program and project descriptions before beginning to complete the application.

    APPLICATION CHECKLIST -- WHAT YOU SUBMIT ON-LINE

  3. APPLICATION REGISTRATION (CARAT)
  4. Complete the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) (registration information section). No budget is required for PRIMO--Please indicate “0” on any budget information request lines.

  5. PRIMO APPLICATION SUPPLEMENT (CARAT UPLOAD A)
  6. Complete the PRIMO application supplement form, with concise answers to the eligibility questions. Save the completed Adobe Acrobat .pdf form with your information to upload in CARAT. (Please note: you CANNOT save the form unless you are using Adobe Acrobat Pro. If you are using Adobe Reader, you must print to pdf in order to save the document. Alternatively, you can fill out the form, print, and scan to your computer.)

  7. ESSAY RESPONSES (CARAT UPLOAD B)
  8. Prepare a single document with your responses to the essay prompts on the application supplement, and convert to .pdf to upload in CARAT.

  9. RESUME (CARAT UPLOAD C)
  10. Convert a resume to .pdf that includes your work history and a description of your scholarly and extracurricular activities.

  11. CURRENT TRANSCRIPT (CARAT UPLOAD D)
  12. Obtain a copy of your latest on-line unofficial transcript (NOT the S-REC), including your fall 2014 course grades to upload in CARAT.

  13. WAIVER FORMS (CARAT UPLOAD E)
  14. Complete one waiver form for each of your two recommenders. Simply upload them completed with your application--do not give them to your recommenders. Please note: At the time you make your request for recommendations, you must disclose to the letter writer your intention to waive or not waive your right to view the letter.

    APPLICATION CHECKLIST -- WHAT IS SUBMITTED ON YOUR BEHALF

  15. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
  16. The letters should be written by someone in the Harvard academic/research community who can comment on your initiative, and interest in pursuing excellence. These letters should include brief examples of how you will benefit from and contribute to the PRIMO community. (Note: current freshmen may consider a high-school academic/research recommender.)

Please clip these instructions and provide the appropriate half-page to each of your recommenders. As the instructions state, letters should be addressed to “The HBS/Harvard College PRIMO Selection Committee” and submitted in person by you along with other application materials, in sealed envelopes with the recommender’s signature across the seal, or submitted as e-mail attachments. (Please make sure to verify submission if your recommender transmits your letter via e-mail.) Recommendations are not transferable to other competitions.

Complete applications must be uploaded to CARAT by the 5:00pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 deadline.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprising members of the PRIMO Advisory Board and Steering Committee.

Final selection of PRIMO Fellows is contingent upon verification of placement with faculty in a PRIMO-designated research project.