Wendell Prize Instructions 2020–2021

Application Instructions for Students Eligible to Apply

Students who complete their first year at Harvard College toward the top of their class are invited to apply for the Wendell Prize by the Prize Office in early September of their sophomore year.

To be considered for the Wendell Prize, eligible students must submit the following items to the FAS Prize Office by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Applications that do not include all of the items listed below by the deadline will be disqualified. 

  1. Application
    Online application form
    (login required) 
  2. Writing Sample
    See Frequently Asked Questions 3–7 for further information.
  3. Electronic version of Harvard College unofficial transcript 
    See Frequently Asked Question 8 for further information.  
  4. Two letters of recommendation and two corresponding waiver forms. 
    See Frequently Asked Questions 9–14 for further information.

Important information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions about the Wendell Prize (click the link). Applicants are encouraged to read all of the questions and answers.


Finalists for the prize will be interviewed by the Wendell Prize selection committee in mid February. The new Wendell Scholar will be announced by late February.