Call for Applications | Harvard Conference – HPAIR 2017

Deadline:  January 7th, 2017 | 11:59 PM EDT
Open to: Current undergraduate and graduate students. Recent college graduates (within the past 5 years)
Venue: 17– 20 February 2017, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. HPAIR organizes Harvard University’s largest annual student conferences in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1991, we have continuously gathered a growing pool of international students from top universities, renowned academics, business professionals, and political leaders to engage in our rigorous educational events.

Our programs intend to achieve three goals:

  • Provide a dynamic forum of exchange on international issues vital to Asia
  • Foster long-term relationships among young leaders from around the globe
  • Connect talented delegates with some of today’s leaders in academia, business and government.

Today, HPAIR has significantly expanded to offer two annual conferences. Through plenary sessions, panels, keynotes, workshops, and case studies, the conferences provide valuable opportunities for discussion about challenges and trends in the international landscape. Continuing its tradition of academic excellence, the HPAIR Harvard Conference seeks to create a rigorous forum for dialogue and exchange.

The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) will take place  on February 17-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Current undergraduate and graduate students. Recent college graduates (within the past 5 years) may also apply to HPAIR conferences!


You will have to pay your registration fee when filling out the online registration form for the conference. Because HPAIR uses PayPal, delegates will need to use a debit or credit card. Your online registration is NOT complete until you have successfully submitted both your online registration form and your registration payment. Alternative methods of payment are also available on a case by case basis.

Registration fees for  the 2017 Harvard Conference:

  • Early Registration = $375
  • Regular Registration = $400
  • Late Registration = $450

During the HPAIR conference, there will be coffee breaks throughout the conference where refreshments will be provided. HPAIR will also provide breakfast and catered lunches throughout the conference.

HPAIR is not responsible for transportation to and from the conference. Delegates have the choice of taking the T (the subway) or a bus/taxi to their hotel and the venue. More detailed information will be sent to accepted delegates in the Delegate Guide.

There is financial aid available for the 2017 Harvard Conference.

To clarify, the financial aid application is separate from the general application. You need to apply to both to receive financial aid! You will only be considered for financial aid if you submit both your application and your financial aid application by the regular round deadline – that is, before December 10th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.

Please be prepared to answer an essay question of up to 650 words, write a short answer of up to 250 words, participate in a Skype interview, and provide financial statements about parental and personal yearly incomes.


Having attended previous conferences does not by itself influence your chances of acceptance. However, if you were accepted for a previous conference, this means we were sufficiently impressed by your essays, resume and credentials in a previous application cycle. As such, you will have a fair chance of being accepted again this year provided your application demonstrates the same strength relative to the rest of our applicant pool. Early round applicants will be notified in late November, regular round applicants will be notified in early January, and late round applicants will be notified in late January.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.

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