Eligible students in the humanities and social sciences are guaranteed a GSAS dissertation completion fellowship (DCF) between the G4 and G7 years and must apply for the DCF in advance of the dissertation completion year.

Before applying, students should:

Award description and confirmation typically occurs mid-April.

While there is no guarantee of a DCF beyond the G7 year, requests will be considered upon recommendation of the faculty advisor.

SPECIAL NOTE CONCERNING COVID-19: For students facing extenuating circumstances attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be possible to begin the dissertation completion fellowship year in the spring term. Students should contact their financial aid officer for more information about eligibility and the application process.

Instructions for departments can be found on the GSAS instructions for dissertation completion fellowships page.

Harvard Research Centers

Other dissertation completion fellowships are available through the Harvard research centers.

External Dissertation Completion Fellowships 

Search the CARAT database for dissertation completion fellowships offered by non-Harvard agencies.​