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  • Teams must include at least one current Harvard student at the time of submission – this can include undergraduate students, graduate students, clinical fellows or postdoctoral fellows, who will spend a period of time in India or Pakistan to test their proposed idea.
  • Team can have a maximum of four members.
  • Teams should have a Harvard faculty mentor to provide feedback and input.
  • Projects in the early ‘seed’ stages are prioritized over start-ups that may have previously received substantial support.
  • While a local partner in India or Pakistan may not always be available at the seed stage, such a partnership is highly encouraged.
  • The proposed enterprise can be a nonprofit, advocacy, or a for profit venture.
  • Everyone listed as a team member must have a pivotal role.

Please have a designated Harvard affiliated team member apply online by 11:59 pm EST on February 8, 2019. For questions about the application process, please email


Applications that do not have all mandatory components will not be considered.


Application Checklist

Application via CARAT

One Harvard team member should submit an application via CARAT. If the Harvard team member is an undergraduate, please click here. If the Harvard team member is a graduate student, please click here.

One-page Letter of Intent (LOI) by December 21, 2018
Please have one member of your group email a PDF copy of your LOI to by December 21, 2018.  Your LOI should address the issue you are trying to tackle and your approach to tackling this issue.  You will subsequently receive information about the next steps for your application. Applicants are encouraged to supply this letter but it is not mandatory.

Current Resume/CV 
Please include a resume for every team member

Endorsement from Faculty: A Harvard faculty member must submit an endorsement letter to The endorsement letter confirms that the team has communicated with a Harvard faculty member about the idea.

Cover Letter and Budget: Your cover letter and budget will provide an explanation of the expenses the Seed for Change fund will cover. The grant may be used to cover the following costs: translators, surveyors, transportation, housing, fees associated with visas and other bureaucratic systems, marketing, equipment, and safety measures.

Narrative:  The narrative must answer the questions, have the following sections, and include sources indicated in the application checklist within the 7 page limit.






December 21, 2018
Deadline to submit optional Letter of Intent

February 8, 2019
Deadline to apply

Early March 
A review panel will determine which applications will pitch their idea.

March 1, 2019
Pitch Presentation Notification

March 27, 2019
Pitch Presentation and Finalists Selection

April to May
Finalists work on developing their projects.

May 10, 2018
Grand prize will be announced at Seed for Change Showcase

May 2018 to May 2019
Teams will implement their project and submit updates outlined in the agreement every 4 months.