Applying for Membership

HILR members

NEW members are admitted twice a year, in February and September. The HILR Admissions Committee interviews and looks for candidates who are intellectually committed to active participation and informed discussion and who show a willingness to lead study groups and to serve on program committees.

The Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement values and seeks diversity in its membership for the enrichment it brings to its community and to its curriculum in literature, history, science, culture, and the arts.

We invite those who love learning to participate in our peer-led study groups and extracurricular activities. We have openings in the membership, and we are looking especially for new members who will bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives.

The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical ability. For more information about the HILR and how to apply for membership, please contact Steven Leon (


The application deadline for the for the Fall 2017 semester is April 9, 2017.  We are currently accepting applications for that term.

Before going any further, please read the "Frequently Asked Questions" about the application process.

You may download a Word document version of the application form.

  • Save the form to your desktop.
  • Fill it out.
  • Preferred: E-mail it as an attachment to Steven Leon ( Or you may print the form and mail it to HILR, 34 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 by April 9, 2017. Handwritten forms cannot be accepted.