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Funding & Scholarship
More detailed information about tuition and fees can be found on the GSAS Tuition and Fees webpage.
Financial Support for Ph.D. Students
All students admitted to our Ph.D. program receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend ($2,936 per month before taxes in 2016-17).
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.
Financial support takes several forms: 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.
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 financial aid section of the GSAS website and refer to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Financing Graduate Study booklet.
External Support for Ph.D. students
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 and current students are encouraged and 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 award 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 award of $1,000 in the first year of the fellowship.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences require that all students report and accept any outside aid they are awarded at the time of the award.
Financial Support for Masters Students
While financial aid is not available for master’s students in SEAS programs, there are a variety of funding opportunities available. Prospective master’s students who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply for federal aid, including Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for independent grants and fellowships to fund their studies. Masters students should contact the GSAS Financial Aid Office to learn more.