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Instructions for Summer 2023

PURPOSE AND Eligibility

This summer award provides support to outstanding GSAS doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences for the purpose of summer language study and/or preliminary dissertation research or fieldwork. The award is ordinarily for students in the summer following the G1, G2, or G3 year and is intended for students still at an early stage in the development of the dissertation, prior to having an approved prospectus. Preference will be given to summer projects that will help advance the applicant from the predissertation stage to an early stage of the dissertation. The award is merit-based; financial need is not a consideration. GSAS can only offer 24 awards in this fellowship category. Planning for the summer should not be based on an assumption of receiving this award.

stipend and TENURE

The award may be used in the United States or abroad. The stipend is $3,000. Please note that although the standard form includes a budget form, the GSAS award is a fixed sum of $3,000. Payment is in one lump sum on July 1.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Students may apply either for a Graduate Society Summer Predissertation Fellowship or a Harvard Summer School Tuition Fellowship; they may not apply for both.
  2. Students who have received a Graduate Society Summer Predissertation Fellowship in the past are no longer eligible to apply for this award.
  3. The GSAS financial aid provision of a summer research award does not affect eligibility for the predissertation summer award or tuition waiver.
  4. Students applying for either a Graduate Society Summer Predissertation Fellowship or a Summer School Tuition Fellowship may not apply for a Merit/Term-Time fellowship in the same application year.
  5. To increase your chances of success, we strongly encourage you to also apply for summer funding from Harvard Centers (for example, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Pre- and Mid-Dissertation Grants and the Reischauer Institute Graduate Summer Research Grant) and external sources. For more opportunities, see CARAT.

Application Instructions for Students

  1. Determine your departmental deadline by contacting your department administrator. Applications for the Graduate Society Summer Predissertation Fellowship must be completed in CARAT by the internal departmental deadline.
  2. A completed application includes the following materials:
  • application form, including budget sheet (via CARAT)
  • current resume/CV; not to exceed two pages
  • current transcript. When applying for internal Harvard fellowships, students do not need to submit an official transcript from the Registrar’s Office. They may submit a copy of their grade report available online from my.harvard
  • statement of purpose, double-spaced and not to exceed three pages. The statement should describe your proposed use of the award. For research abroad, please describe the subject and plan of your research including the feasibility and necessity of undertaking it in the proposed country or countries. Similarly, for language study, describe the necessity of the language for your future research
  • one faculty signature form. Your advisor must sign this form and upload it directly into CARAT.

Instructions for Departments

  1. Announce an internal deadline when students must submit applications in CARAT, choosing a date that will allow the department to complete the required ranking form by the submission deadline of March 3, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. 

  2. Once the required materials have been submitted by the applicants, the nomination procedure may vary. In some cases, a committee is formed; in others, the determination is made through informal consultation. In general, the determination is based on a combined evaluation of the applicant’s statement of purpose, and the overall performance of the student. A nomination form is to be completed by the department chair and includes a rank ordered of the candidates. 
  3. Once the department has done its ranking and completed its nomination form, departments upload this nomination form to each student’s application in CARAT by March 3, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. 
  4. Departments should review the terms and conditions outlined above when advising students on fellowship applications.