Information for New Appointments



  • Harvard I.D. Card
    On or after the date your appointment begins, you can pick up your I.D. card at Smith Center, room 807. Call ahead (617-496-7827) to be sure your I.D. card is ready for pick up. You will need a photo ID (driver’s license or passport) with you for identification. Once you receive your card (and ID number), you can use it to enter Harvard’s libraries and set up an email account.

  • Office Space
    Faculty appointments are assigned to an office space with a phone line and have access to standard office supplies and services. Please contact us at with questions regarding assigned space or general office processes.  Due to space constraints we are unable to provide office space to visiting researchers.

  • Widener Library Carrels and Spaces
    Study carrels and spaces are available at Widener. Apply for a carrel online at under “Widener Resources”.

  • Harvard Map
    An interactive map of Harvard can be found online at

  • Mail
    All faculty appointments are assigned to a mailbox in our office on the first floor. Visiting researchers can receive mail to a shared mailbox.  Our office is open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please be sure to leave a secondary address with our office in the event you need something forwarded. Because space is limited, we ask that the box remains only for University use. For work-related domestic and international mail and packages, please contact us at for more information.

  • Harvard Emergency Notifications/Weather Closures
    The Website will provide information about any on-campus emergencies and weather-related closings. It is recommended that you register for text and/or e-mail messages about emergencies and closings at Harvard at

  • Housing Information
    Harvard University Housing (HUH) offers a broad range of housing and real estate services to the University’s graduate students, faculty, visiting researchers, and employees: The Harvard International Office (HIO) Website offers some helpful information regarding average rental prices, furniture rentals (unfurnished apartments are easier to find than furnished ones), temporary accommodations, and other issues relating to a search for housing in this area:
  • Harvard Libraries
    Book an appointment to speak with someone expert in Harvard's vast collection:

  • Athletic Facilities
    To obtain membership for the recreational facilities, go to, click on Recreation and then click on Purchase Membership.

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
    Locally referred to as the "T." For information about the bus and subway system, please contact the MBTA website: or the Harvard Commuter Choice office.



  • HarvardKey
    After picking up your ID card you will need to get your Harvard Key (authentication account) to set up your email account. The Harvard Key allows you to obtain access to a number of Harvard-based Web resources, including many of the online library catalog functions. Please check and follow the instructions for setting up your account under Claim your Harvard Key.

  • Harvard Email (If here for less than 1 semester)
    To request an account, please call the HUIT Service Desk for assistance at 617.495.7777, email them at or visit the Computer Lab Help Desk in the basement of the Science Center (1 Oxford St). You must have received your ID card in order to set up an email account. Please note that it may take a few days for your email account to become active.



  • Course Information
    Teaching faculty should be in touch with us at to set up your courses in our course catalog. You may browse our current courses at

  • Course Books
    Course books should be ordered ahead of the semester start (by early November for Spring / late May for Fall) from the Harvard Coop Textbook Department. Manny Saez is a direct contact for NELC and he may be reached at or 617-499-2223.

  • Canvas (Course Website Platform)
    Publishing Canvas sites is typically done by the instructors (or other course manager) when the course is ready for students to access. Instructors experiencing issues with Canvas sites should contact



  • If this is a paid position, you will have to complete an I-9 (in person with required documentation) before your appointment can be finally approved. If you do not have a US Social Security Number, please read the flyer on social security numbers available on the Harvard International Office’s website.
  • Faculty are paid on the last working day of the month.  To set up direct deposit, update tax exemptions, or access paystubs, log on to once your appointment is active.



  • Information on visas, travel, taxes, and life at Harvard is available for international scholars on the Harvard International Office website:
  • Foreign nationals receiving payment from Harvard will be required to fill out the GLACIER online tax compliance system.  More information is available on the Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance website:  Any changes to your status must be updated in GLACIER.


Department Contact
Office hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6 Divinity Avenue, Room 106
(617) 495-5757