Funding & Scholarship

Candidates for master’s degrees are not eligible for financial aid from SEAS.

All students admitted to our Ph.D. program receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend ($2,767 per month before taxes in 2014-15).

Support is independent of need provided a student remains in good academic standing and is making satisfactory progress towards his/her Ph.D. degree. Students are expected to complete their Ph.D. requirements in four to six years.

All Ph.D. students are required to participate in the educational program for about ten hours a week for one term—usually as a quarter time teaching fellow or in a similar capacity, during their second year of study.

For additional information about funding, please read the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Financing Graduate Study booklet. 

Cost of Study (G1s & G2s)

For 2014-15, tuition for the two-term academic year is estimated at $43,774 (including University health service fees). After the second year of study, tuition costs drop substantially.  A more detailed explanation of costs of study can be found on the GSAS Tuition and Fees webpage.

Graduate dormitory accommodations are available to single students. For rates and more information please visit GSAS Housing Office webpage.

University-operated married students' apartments, from efficiency to three-bedroom suites, are available. The cost varies according to the accommodations. A wide range of private housing can be found within commuting distance.  For more information, please visit Harvard University Housing webpage.

Outside Support

To provide full support throughout the program for all Ph.D. candidates, we anticipate that a certain number of entering students will gain financial support from sources outside of Harvard. 

Applicants are therefore expected to apply for all non-Harvard scholarships for which they are eligible, especially those offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG). Students with external support are eligible for a SEAS-sponsored academic incentive, whereas, students who bring in open, competitive external fellowships that are equal to 50% or more of total their support (tuition/fees + stipend) will receive a supplemental fellowship of $3,000 in the first year of the external fellowship.  Recipients of partial fellowships made on the basis of open competition receive a supplemental fellowship of $1,000 in the first year of the award.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences expect that all students will accept and report any outside aid they are awarded.

Financial Support

Financial support takes several forms: grants-in-aid (fellowships), teaching fellowships, and research assistantships. Ordinarily, first-year Ph.D. students are supported with full fellowships so that they can devote all their time to coursework.

Beyond the first year, when students are in a better position to teach and assist in research, support is ordinarily provided through research assistantships, or a combination of a teaching fellowship and a research assistantship.

Candidates for Ph.D. and master's degrees can occasionally be employed as technical assistants on one of the numerous research projects or in a similar capacity in other parts of the University.

During the academic year, full-time students may not accept employment inside or outside the University, other than teaching fellowships or research assistantships that involves a commitment of more than ten hours per week, without special permission.

For more information, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) financial aid section.