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Funding & Scholarship: Graduate Programs

Financial support for Ph.D. students

  • All students admitted into our Ph.D. program receive full financial support.

  • This support includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of-living stipend ($3161 per month before taxes in AY19-20).

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.

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.

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.

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.

For more detailed information, please visit the following pages:
GSAS Tuition and Fees 
GSAS Financial Support for PhD Students

External financial support for Ph.D. students

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.

Financial support for masters students (M.E. & S.M.)

While financial aid is not available for master’s students in our M.E. and S.M. programs, there are a variety of funding opportunities available. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for independent grants and fellowships to fund their studies.  Information about tuition and fees can be found here. Masters students should contact the GSAS Financial Aid Office to learn more.

Students in the MS/MBA:Engineering Sciences program are eligible to apply for need-based HBS Fellowships and student loans in both years of the program.