External Awards

Student financial support is a partnership between GSAS, the academic program, and the student. Students are encouraged to apply for appropriate Harvard and outside fellowships throughout their enrollment, as the experiences of applying for and receiving prestigious external awards can be invaluable professional development opportunities.

Each year, many 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 GSAS funds for assignment to other students, these students help ensure that the 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 financial aid officer in consultation with the academic program.

  • Eligible PhD students in selected humanities and social sciences programs who receive external awards that substitute for GSAS funding may receive a GSAS award bonus of up to $4,000 for each academic year they receive substitutional external funding.
  • External awards with a 12-month tenure ordinarily substitute for the entire GSAS 10-month academic year stipend and summer research award.
  • Outside awards under $5,000 are ordinarily considered supplemental, and no reduction is made to any existing Harvard funding.