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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 October; please see below 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.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Visitor Policy

Outdoor visitors are welcome to Radcliffe Yard. Vaccinated visitors are not required to mask or distance outdoors. Unvaccinated visitors should protect themselves by wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet of physical distance at all times.

The Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery will open to the public on October 1. All gallery visitors must register for a free timed appointment of no more than 45 minutes via Calendly.

The Lia and William Poorvu Gallery will open to the public on October 25. All gallery visitors must register for a free timed appointment of no more than 45 minutes via Calendly.

Upon registering to attend an exhibition, non-HUID (Harvard University ID) holders will be informed that the following items will be required when entering the building:

  • Valid form of photo ID
  • COVID-19 vaccination card or a negative COVID-19 test result administered within 72 hours of their visit

When visitors arrive for their scheduled appointment they must display the documents outlined above and make a verbal health attestation, which will ask them to confirm the following:

  • They have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have evidence of a negative test
  • They are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • They have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their visit
  • They have not been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their visit

Any visitor who does not have a scheduled appointment will still be required to display either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result administered within 72 hours of their visit. They will also be required to make the verbal health attestation outlined above.

The front desk staff member should record this visitor’s name and contact information for contact tracing purposes.

So long as there are fewer than 25 individuals in the gallery, the unregistered visitor will then be admitted.

Face coverings are required to be worn properly inside all Harvard buildings.

Schlesinger Library Access for Visiting Researchers

The Schlesinger Library will open to all researchers by appointment on October 25, 2021. Please review our visitation requirements before making an appointment. Visting researchers to the Schlesinger Library who expect to be on campus more than seven days are required to enter the Harvard COVID-19 testing protocol.

If you are interested in making an appointment or have any questions please contact

See our guide on remote research.

Virtual reference services are available via

Harvard Radcliffe Institute’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.

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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