Grants (sometimes referred to as scholarships or fellowships) are financial awards given to a student to help defray the cost of their education. These awards do not need to be repaid. The majority of the grant aid offered by the GSD is need-based. Aside from need, eligibility for some awards may also be determined based on others factors including academic program, merit, and fund availability.
All financial aid at the GSD is administered by the Financial Aid Office.
Harvard University Grant
Harvard University’s Committee on General Scholarships administers a number of need-based funds that may be used to help pay for attendance at Harvard, as well as for travel/study opportunities. All students are encouraged to review these opportunities. Many of these funds are available to the Harvard student community at large and have very specific selection criteria. Unless otherwise specified, interested applicants should apply through the Financial Aid Office at the GSD.
Outside Grants and Scholarships
The GSD maintains a list of grants and scholarships that are offered by organizations outside the GSD/Harvard that may help our students pay for school. Those interested should apply directly to the institution offering the scholarship. Any outside awards received by GSD students must be reported to the GSD Financial Aid Office.
Other Opportunities (not financial aid)
There are also several GSD webpages for Fellowships, Prize, and Travel Programs. Most of these options are for current students and are offered in the form of prizes such as monetary or recognition, or opportunities to work or travel. Opportunities in this category are usually not resources for paying a student’s cost of attendance.