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Although we are excited to have our fellows back on campus and working in Byerly Hall, Harvard Radcliffe Institute programs remain primarily virtual as we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic. See Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Critical Information

Throughout the COVID pandemic, Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s priority has been the health and safety of community members, their families, and the public. This remains our top concern, and it guides our planning as we reopen our campus. Harvard Radcliffe Institute (HRI) has been monitoring the coronavirus pandemic since we closed our campus to the public in March 2020 and shifted to primarily virtual operations. Our work continued unabated but was reimagined to safeguard the health and well-being of our community. We continue to follow guidance from Harvard University and Harvard University Health Services, and we are monitoring information from local health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Accordingly, we are promoting a three-pronged approach to the health of this community: required vaccination, regular testing, and indoor masking.

We are excited to have welcomed the class of 2021–2022 Radcliffe fellows to campus for a year of research and collaboration. That said, many Harvard Radcliffe Institute activities will continue to be virtual through the end of the 2021 calendar year. This includes public events and private programming. We are planning to open our galleries in September or October, but please check back for additional details. 

The Institute’s faculty and staff are determined to do all we can to meet the needs of students, researchers, fellows, and others in our community. 

We will continue to update this page to keep you informed.

Important Policies and Procedures

Required Vaccination

Vaccination is an effective way to protect yourself against COVID-19, and it greatly decreases the likelihood of serious health outcomes requiring hospitalization. Campus-wide vaccination is the best weapon against the coronavirus, and therefore, the University has imposed a vaccination requirement for all community members working and studying on campus. Learn more about Harvard’s vaccination policies.

Regular Testing

COVID-19 testing is a key part of Harvard’s efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. Regular COVID testing is required for all Harvard affiliates who are on campus.

Indoor Masking

Masking is a critical line of defense in preventing the transmission of COVID, and indoor masking requirements are currently in effect. Learn more about how to choose a protective mask.

HRI’s Visitor Policy

Currently, access to HRI buildings is limited to Harvard University ID holders.

HRI’s Campus Eating and Drinking Policy

Based on guidance from the University, it is permissible to briefly remove your mask to quickly sip a drink. During mealtimes, individuals should remove masks only when actively eating. Anyone who is not seated or actively eating should be wearing a mask.  

Policies and Campus Restrictions

Upcoming Events

Check our events calendar for online events that are free and open to the public.

See How to Attend a Public Event on Zoom.

Schlesinger Library Access

As of September 1, 2021, the Schlesinger Library is open, by appointment, to Harvard students, faculty, and staff. Appointments are available Monday–Friday, 10 AM–4 PM. If you are interested in making an appointment or have any questions, please contact The Library plans to open to visiting researchers, by appointment, in early October. We encourage visiting researchers to check back with us in mid-September for updates.

See our guide on remote research.

Virtual reference services are available via

Harvard Resources

Visit for more information about COVID-19 at Harvard. The site is regularly updated and serves as a centralized location for information, guidance, and resources on coronavirus for the Harvard community.

Government & Health Resources

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