Center for Geographic Analysis GIS Institute

In January and June, Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) offers a two-week program of intensive training in geographic information systems (GIS). The GIS Institute is designed for Harvard graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty who want to learn spatial analysis and apply GIS methods in their research. Participants come from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. No previous GIS training is required. Applicants provide a faculty contact and a concise research proposal on work that will be done during the GIS Institute. Include your project idea and goals, spatial data needed for the project, whether you will collect or create these data or use pre-existing data. If you plan to use pre-existing data, indicate what type of data you will be using, and whether or not you have confirmed access to the data already. You will have several days to work on this project with help from the instructors, and present your results on the last day of the program.

Harvard Sociology pays the $100 student registration fee for doctoral students in the Sociology, Sociology & Social Policy, and Organizational Behavior (Macro/Sociology Track) degree programs. Students who have been accepted should contact Jessica Matteson so that she can make payment arrangements directly.

GIS Institute Winter 2020: Tue - Fri, Jan 7 to Jan 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019, 11:59 pm - Extended to Friday, November 1st, 2019, 12:00 pm (Late applications can join the waitlist.)
Notification of acceptance: Friday, November 8, 2019
Registration fee due ($100 for Harvard affiliates and $3,150 for others): Friday, November 22, 2019 (Seat is guranteed when registration fee is paid)
Deadline for meeting with instructors to finalize project/data: Friday, December 13, 2019
Institute begins: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Final project presentation: Friday, January 17, 2020

GIS Institute Summer 2020: Tue - Fri, Jun 2 to Jun 12, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Application deadline: Friday, March 29, 2020, 11:59 pm (Late applications can join the waitlist.)
Notification of acceptance: Friday, April 3, 2020
Registration fee due ($100 for Harvard affiliates and $3,150 for others): Friday, April 17, 2020 (Seat is guaranteed when registration fee is paid)
Deadline for meeting with instructors to finalize project/data: Friday, May 8, 2020
Institute begins: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Final project presentation: Friday, June 12, 2020

Current and Former GIS Institute Participants:
2009 – Matthew Baggetta
2009 – Weihua An
2009 – Min Zhou
Winter 2011 – Mazen Elfakhani
Winter 2011 – Jackelyn Hwang
Winter 2011 – Jeremy Levine
Winter 2013 – Margot Moinester
Winter 2014 – Katherine Morris
Summer 2014 – Kelley Fong
Summer 2014 – Siobhan Greatorex-Voith
Summer 2014 – Yanhua Bird 
Winter 2015 – Roland Neil
Winter 2015 – Adam Travis
Winter 2015 – Xiaolin Zhou
Summer 2015 – Alvaro Santana Acuña
Summer 2015 – Meghan Zacher
Winter 2017 – Andrew Keefe
Summer 2017 – Jared Schachner
Winter 2019 – Cresa Pugh
Winter 2019 – Ethan Raker
Winter 2020 – Aaron Benavidez
Winter 2020 – Aaron Fernandez
Winter 2020 – Jasmine Olivier
Winter 2020 – Michael Zanger-Tishler