The Graduate Student Council (GSC) advocates for graduate students in academic, administrative, and residential matters for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Through elected representatives and committee members, the GSC gives shape to the voice of the student body as it works to improve the graduate experience for all. 

How to get involved  

  • Attend Town Hall - Meet your at-large representatives  
  • Join monthly meetings - First Wednesday of the month, September through May. at 6:30 p.m.  in the Dudley House Graduate Student Lounge
  • Join one of the standing and ad hoc committees 
  • Become an at-large representative 

Who are we?

Congratulations to our new GSC executive board!

The GSC supports students by:

  • awarding grants for travel and research
  • sponsoring Mini-Courses during Winter Session 
  • supporting GSAS student organizations and groups that host social and intellectual events throughout the year 
  • recognizing faculty who go out of their way to mentor graduate students through the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Awards 

Conference and Research Grants  

The GSC provides students with grants on a competitive basis to attend conferences and conduct summer research. Applications must include the recommendation of a faculty member and an explanation of the proposed trip or research project. The GSC meets three times a year to distribute $750 per student conference and up to $1,000 for summer research. 

To learn about eligibility, deadlines, and how to apply, click here.


GSAS Mini-Courses 

During Winter Session, the GSC provides funding for GSAS Mini-Courses. Students can access up to $750 to design a two-week course focused on a  research interest or personal talent. To learn more, click here.

Student Group Funding

The GSC provides funding for recognized GSAS student groups and departmental organizations on a reimbursement basis. Group funding requests are considered three times each academic year; for more information about guidelines and deadlines, click here.


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