This section of the application will show (1) your research interests and vision for your scientific career and (2) your reflections on a short reading. Please take your time to complete these essays. We suggest working on them over multiple days and with real reflection. However, responses are not meant to evaluate you as a whole person.
The online application has sections to upload a response to each prompt as a separate PDF. Each can be limited to about two pages but may be longer.
Essay 1 - Research Interests
Researchers and students at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) study a range of disciplines, theoretical and observational. We pair students with advisors who are conducting research similar to their interests.