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 ($3250 per month before taxes in AY20-21).
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).
Each year, many SEAS/GSAS students secure funding from external agencies. Students who are offered external awards are expected to accept them in place of Harvard funding. By freeing up SEAS/GSAS funds for assignment to other students, these students help ensure that the SEAS/GSAS financial aid program is able to do the most good for the largest possible number of students.
To ensure equitable treatment of all students, the coordination of external award benefits with a student’s existing funding package is determined by the GSAS financial aid officer in consultation with SEAS.
PhD students with external support are eligible for a SEAS-sponsored academic incentive. PhD 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. PhD students who bring in open external competitive external fellowships that are not 50% or more of their total support (tuition/fees + stipend or salary) will receive a supplemental award of $1,000. The full $3,000 bonus may also be awarded in certain cases of multi-year fellowships depending on the total amount of support provided.
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.