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Kempner Post-baccalaureate Program

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Kempner Associate Faculty member and student mentor, Demba Ba, speaks to community members at a recent Kempner event.

Post-baccalaureate

Preparing the next generation of intelligence researchers

Offered in partnership with the Harvard Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB), the Kempner’s two-year post-bac program trains recent college graduates interested in gaining additional experience and skills in order to apply to PhD programs related to the study of intelligence.

About

The Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence, in partnership with the Harvard Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB), hosts post-baccalaureate students for a two-year non-degree granting training program. 

This program, launched this year as part of the Research Scholar Initiative, trains recent college graduates interested in gaining additional experience and skills in order to apply to PhD programs related to the study of intelligence, such as in the fields of computer science, machine learning, neurobiology, cognitive science and related fields. 

Alongside academic coursework and professional development opportunities, post-baccalaureate students will pursue extensive mentored research related to the study of or applications of machine learning, including but not limited to applications in neuroscience and cognitive science.

We enthusiastically welcome applications from members of groups underrepresented in STEM.

The Kempner postbac program will offer unparalleled access to world-class mentorship, resources, and research opportunities within both the Kempner Institute and Harvard University at large.

Ella Batty, Co-Director, Kempner Post-bac Program

Benefits

  • Full funding, which includes a living stipend, tuition, and health insurance
  • Full-time mentored research experience with a Kempner Institute-affiliated faculty member
  • Weekly academic and professional development sessions
  • 1-2 undergraduate/graduate courses per year
  • Funding to attend one domestic conference each academic year
  • Graduate application preparation coaching
  • Access to the Kempner Institute facilities, including shared working and collaboration space, educational activities, and events
  • Access to Harvard University resources, including faculty, libraries, software, and tutoring

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Have a desire to apply to PhD programs related to the study of intelligence
  • Demonstrate research interests in the study or applications of machine learning
  • Have relevant coursework or experience, including with either coding or mathematical topics such as linear algebra and statistics
  • Have completed bachelor’s degree by start of program (July) but no more than three years prior to application 
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident 

How to apply

To request an application for the 2024-2025 academic year, please complete this interest form. The 2024-2025 academic year applications are due by February 1st, 2024 for a program start date in July.

Questions?

This program is co-directed by Kempner Assistant Director for Education Programs Ella Batty and Fred Kavli Professor of Neuroscience George Alvarez.

Please email the co-directors at kempnereducation@harvard.edu with any questions. We’d be happy to give you more information and chat about the program.