Road to Harvard Essay competition 2024: Harvard Summer Course - Extended Deadline April 14, 2024

It's that time again!

For the fourth time, the Harvard Scholarship Foundation Germany e.V. organizes the essay competition "Road to Harvard".

  • You think a university like Harvard is out of your reach?
  • You don’t know yet if you’re going to go to university, but you’re committed to social causes, have a favorite subject and are passionate about a certain area?
  • You really would like to attend a Harvard Summer Course and find out what’s involved in the application process?

Win a Two-Week Harvard Summer Course in 2025 at one of the best universities in the world!

The 2-Week Harvard Pre-College Program is exclusively on campus and offers over 100 non-credit courses. You will thrive in a dynamic, immersive and supportive academic environment alongside peers from around the world. 

Application Requiements for Road to Harvard Competition

  • at least 15 years old and not turn 19 before July 31, 2025
  • attend a high school
  • hold a German Passport and live in Germany

Participation in the competition

Phase 1:

Write an

a) an essay on the topic of: Artificial Intelligence - Chances, Risks, Concrete Ideas in the Service of Mankind?

b) a motivation letter 

Please describe your special skills and achievements in science, culture or sport and tell us about your social commitment, your family and your inspirations.

The essay and letter of motivation must be written in English. Before preparing and uploading your documents please read the following formal requirements:


  • Max. 4 pages
  • Top right: first name, last name, school, place
  • Filename: #surname, first name_essay
  • Harvard citation

Motivation Letter:

  • Max. 1 page
  • Top right: first name, last name, school, place
  • Filename: #surname, first name_motivation letter

Upload the two documents with your last school report via the link below and complete the form in the link:

This phase of the competition ends as soon as 150 applications have been submitted, at the latest, however, by April 14, 2024.


Phase 2:

By end of May the selection committee will name the 20 competition finalists. The finalists will receive an invitation to the Summerfest on June 29, 2024, where they are awarded the title "German Laureate Road to Harvard".

Travel and hotel costs are covered by the foundation.

The interviews will take place on the day of the Summerfest, during which you can affirm your interest and motivation for attending Harvard University. The winners will be announced and awarded at the evening event.


The main prize:

A two-week Pre-College Program of Harvard Summer School for high school students.

Application requirements for Harvard Summer School are

  • fulfillment of the age requirement (at least 16 years old and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2025)
  • a passed TOEFL test, if English is not the native language.
  • successful application process to Harvard summer School (in previous years 5 short essays on specific questions were required)

The Harvard Scholarship Foundation Germany will cover all costs for the course and a travel allowance of 500 €.

The winners require a passport and a visa for entering the USA at the latest by the time of travel.

Please direct any questions you have about the competition to:

We look forward to hearing from you!