The GSAS 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 students with the GSAS Deans and administration
  • Recognizes students and faculty for exceptional work


The GSC has planned its advocacy platform for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year! Through these issues, the GSC will be collaborating with stakeholders to highlight appropriate resources and address some of the most pressing concerns of graduate students today. 

"Money Matters" Financial Wellness for Graduate Students (October)
The GSC has partnered with the GSAS Office of Financial Aid and the Harvard University Employees Credit Union to launch the first annual GSAS Financial Wellness Curriculum - a series of workshops led by topic experts whose goal is to help inform GSAS students on an array of financial literacy topics including saving, investing, taxes, and more.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (November)
The GSC will work towards providing affinity groups new spaces and opportunities to share their successes and struggles surrounding their work on making Harvard a more diverse, accessible, and equitable place for all, in addition to advocating for an increased interest and allocation of resources for said efforts. In addition, we will build upon prior years’ efforts in advocating for increased benefits for communities such as International, Masters’, and Longwood-based students and students with families.

Mental Health (December)
The GSC will be doing a deep dive on issues surrounding mental and emotional wellbeing at Harvard. This will include highlighting student leaders' efforts in creating new spaces for students to seek and provide mutual support.

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (February)
The GSC will look to shed light on student experiences with discrimination and harassment at Harvard, and will analyze student desire for and efficacy of efforts on non-discrimination and anti-harassment, including bias reporting tools. 

Professional Development (Academic and Non-Academic) (March)
Amid changes in job prospects for graduate students, the GSC will push for more robust professional development resources for both academic and ‘alt-ac’ trajectories. 

Mentorship and Advising (April)
The GSC will be rolling out its Mentorship and Advising Best Practices Guide, a student-centered testimonial guide that highlights students' perspectives and experiences regarding what they look for in a Mentor and Advisor. 

Teaching and Training (May)
Teaching is central to the graduate student experience. The GSC is looking forward to helping TFs across the Graduate School come together to share their best practices surrounding teaching. Additionally, we will be sharing information on resources for incoming and returning TFs to develop their skills as instructors and collecting feedback for topic experts on students' experiences with existing resources. 



The GSC teamed up with the Office of Financial Aid and professionals from the Harvard University Employees Credit Union to put together this curriculum of 7 courses to help GSAS students learn how to manage finances and plan for their financial future.

RSVP through Engage:

  1. Budgeting (Cambridge) 10/1
  2. Budgeting (Longwood) 10/15
  3. Credit Score (Cambridge) 11/5
  4. Credit Score (Longwood) 11/19
  5. Tax Talk for Domestic Students (Cambridge) 3/10
  6. Tax Talk for Domestic Students (Longwood) 3/11
  7. Tax Talk for International Students (Cambridge) 3/12

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. 


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


GSC Open Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 pm in Graduate Student Lounge (GSAS Student Center, 2nd floor)

GSC and the Union at a Glance



The GSAS Student Council warmly embraces the GSAS Student Center as its new home--indeed, it's about time! The GSC was advocating for a GSAS-dedicated student center at least as early as 1988. The full version of the petition excerpted below shows the signature of one of the GSC's then-officers and now GSAS Dean of Student Services, Garth McCavana!



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