The Emergency Support Initiative is designed to help PhD students overcome academic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students may apply for:
- Emergency COVID-19 funds for GSAS students, including lost-time funding and emergency summer research awards
- GSAS Visiting Fellow Status opportunities
- Postdoctoral Writing and Fellowship Appointments
Emergency COVID-19 Funds
Application deadline: May 20, 2020
Final decisions: June 1, 2020
Disbursement: July 1, 2020
When applying for Emergency COVID-19 Funds, students must include a:
- statement explaining why they are applying, how their situation was affected by the COVID crisis, and how the funds will help them move forward in their scholarship;
- letter of support from a dissertation advisor or director of graduate studies.
To ensure that these limited funds are distributed equitably, students will also be prompted to disclose other funding applications they have submitted or any overlapping funding offers they have received or expect to receive.
Note about eligibility
GSAS is working with our University partners to evaluate additional categories of need to determine the next phase of support so that we may expand the program. Students experiencing acute financial distress that is not covered by this phase of the Emergency Support Initiative should complete a GSAS Emergency Request form, available on the Emergency Funding policy page. As always, GSAS will give these requests the fullest consideration that our available resources will permit.
Emergency Summer Research Awards
- Students whose summer 2020 research plans will be disrupted, especially students at G5 and above who lost summer teaching or a research assistant opportunity or a summer grant funding opportunity.
- Students on dissertation completion fellowships whose completion has been delayed
- Students on spring-term Merit Fellowships or other pre-DCF fellowships
- Students not on DCFs whose May dissertation submission was delayed
Students who do not fit the criteria for other emergency funding whose research was severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic
Contact the GSAS Fellowships Office with questions.
GSAS Visiting Fellow Status
GSAS PhD students graduating in May and November 2020, who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, may apply for a GSAS visiting fellow appointment for up to a one-year term. As a GSAS Visiting Fellow, graduates:
- Remain members of the Harvard community, with access to libraries and other Harvard resources so that they may continue their research independently.
- Have visiting fellow tuition paid for by a GSAS tuition scholarship
- Are able to access Harvard’s health insurance plan at the student rate.
- Are able to continue searching for jobs while retaining a Harvard affiliation, including their Harvard email address.
March 2020 graduates should check in with the Special Students and Visiting Fellows Office to determine eligibility. International students should confirm their visa status, especially if you are within two weeks of your student visa end date. If you have questions, please reach out to the Harvard International Office.
- Click “Learn More and Start Your Application” below
- Choose “Apply as a Visiting Fellow” (ignore the application deadline)
- Under “First-time users” select “Create an account.”
- After you have created an account, email the Special Students and Visiting Fellows Office to let them know you are a current PhD student and would like to apply.
The Special Students and Visiting Fellows Office will contact you to finalize your application.
Email the Special Students and Visiting Fellows Office with questions.
Postdoctoral Writing and Fellowships Appointments
Graduating GSAS students from all disciplines may express interest in applying for one-year writing and fellowships postdocs to assist continuing students in maintaining progress toward the degree. Priority will be given to 2020 GSAS PhD graduates whose post-graduate academic plans were adversely affected by COVID-19 and those who have experience writing winning fellowship applications.
Responsibilities include offering individual consultations on papers, theses, dissertations, fellowship applications, and presentations, talks, and other modes of communication, as well as designing, promoting, and leading small group workshops and events that will help GSAS students to communicate their research. Fellows will also work with faculty and administrators in their area of expertise to provide customized research support for students and create innovative programming.
Eligibility and Required Skills
- Applicants must have already successfully defended their doctoral dissertations in order to be considered for the position.
- Strong written and oral communications skills, and demonstrable success in writing, publishing, and presenting academic work.
- Experience in advising, teaching, and providing feedback.