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Summer Research Awards

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For PhD students in the humanities and social sciences programs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Eligibility for summer research awards is indicated in the Notice of Financial Support. 

Students with outside awards that provide comparable summer support are not eligible for this program.

Stipend Amount

The summer research award is a stipend equivalent to two months of the standard Harvard Griffin GSAS academic year stipend. 

Eligible PhD students receive the award in the summers following their first four academic years, with the exception of PhD students in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, who receive a summer research award in the summers following the first two academic years.

Deferring Support

The award must be used during the summers designated in the Notice of Financial Support and may not be deferred to later years. Students in their first four years who are considering a leave of absence or enrollment at another Harvard School are strongly encouraged to contact their financial aid officer to determine how such actions may impact their eligibility.


Eligible students receive the award in two equal installments on or around July 1 and August 1.

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