Instructions for Summer 2022

Purpose and Eligibility

The GSAS Summer School Tuition Fellowships enable doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences to engage in language study at the Harvard Summer School in Cambridge, either to prepare for their department foreign language exam, or to prepare for language needs related to the dissertation. This opportunity is for use in the summer following the G1, G2, or G3 year, but under special circumstances, students in later years may apply. This fellowship does not apply to Harvard Summer School programs that are conducted abroad nor at any other Harvard school or other institution; it is exclusively for Harvard Summer School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and exclusively for language study.

Stipend and Tenure

Winners of the GSAS Summer School Tuition Fellowship will receive a single tuition waiver for one language course at the Harvard Summer School. Enrollment in the chosen course will be based on availability: winners are advised to enroll promptly.

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. Applicants for either summer fellowship may not apply for a Merit/Term-Time Fellowship during the same application year.
  3. Students who have received either a Harvard Summer School Tuition Fellowship or a Graduate Society Summer Predissertation Fellowship in the past are no longer eligible to apply for either of these awards.
  4. The GSAS financial aid provision of a GSAS Summer Research Award does not affect eligibility for the tuition waiver.

Application Instructions for the Student

Submit the following materials in CARAT  by the deadline: February 11, 2022, at 12:00 p.m.

  1. The application form (automatically generated by CARAT);
  2. One-page proposal, double-spaced, describing the need for the language study;
  3. Graduate 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.

Instructions for the Department

  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 February 11, 2022, 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, the faculty letter of recommendation, and the overall performance of the student. A nomination form is to be completed by the department chair and includes a rank order 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 February 11, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. 
  4. Departments should review the terms and conditions outlined above when advising students on fellowship applications.