The Graduate Student Council (GSC) serves as the official representative body for the students of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Harvard University. Through elected representatives and committee members, the GSC:

  • Supports student groups and individuals by funding events, student-led activities, conference travel, and summer research 
  • Advocates for studetns with the GSAS Deans and administration
  • Recognizes students and faculty for exceptional work

Who are we?

Congratulations to our new GSC executive board!


Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm in Graduate Student Lounge @ Dudley House

  • September 4, 2019
  • October 2, 2019
  • November 6, 2019
  • December 4, 2019
  • February 5, 2020
  • March 4, 2020
  • April 1, 2020 *Elections
  • May 6, 2020


GSC Presents: The GSAS Financial Wellness Curriculum


The GSC supports students with funding for a variety of activities

Graduate Student Group Funding The GSC provides funding for recognized GSAS student organizations to host events, plan extracurricular activities, and plan public service programs throughout the year.  

Conference and Research Grants The GSC provides competitive grants for students to attend conferences and conduct summer research.

GSAS Mini-courses During January@GSAS, the GSC sponsors student-led mini-courses by providing funding for students to organize a course on the topic of their choice. 


The GSC oversees selection of student members that serve on university committees, providing a voice for graduate students on matters of healthcare, academic policy, and campus safety. The Executive Board works directly with GSAS Deans and administration to advocate for policy changes and benefits that improve the graduate student experience. 


Each year, the GSC selects Commencement Marshals to help organize the procession to Harvard Yard for the morning exercises and lead the graduating class into Tercentenary Theatre. 

The GSC also recognizes faculty who go out of their way to mentor graduate students through the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Awards


During the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the GSC:

  •  Awarded over $38,000 for student travel grants and summer research
  • Allocated $45,000 to 31 cross-disciplinary student groups and organizations
  • Collaborated with GSAS administration to provide a new benefit for PhD student-parents—subsidized back-up care and free Care.com membership!
  • Investigated issues related to student healthcare, mental health, childcare, and more


  • Attend our monthly meetings:First Wednesday of the month, September through May. at 6:30 p.m. in the Dudley House Graduate Student Lounge
  • Become a departmental representative 
  • Join one of the standing and ad hoc committees 

GSC and the Union at a Glance