Individual Funding: Conference and Summer Research Grants

The GSAS Graduate Student Council provides financial support for GSAS students in need of funding for conference attendance and/or summer research opportunities. See below for a summary of both types of awards. For all relevant information and application instructions, visit the Documents page of our Engage site and find the PDFs called "GSC | Conference Grants: Information for Applicants" and "GSC | Summer Research Grants: Information for Applicants."

 

GSC Conference Grants Overview

The GSC awards Conference Grants up to $750.00 to eligible GSAS students 3 times per yearApplications are submitted through Engage and reviewed three times a year by a committee composed of GSC executives, other GSAS students, faculty, and administrators. The submission deadlines for consideration at a given funding round fall on the second Fridays of October, February, and April. 

Ideal applicants are seeking funding to attend a conference that is important to the student’s degree or career. The committee looks for applicants who are presenting dissertation research at a venue where they can receive substantive feedback that will help them advance their research and/or apply for jobs. While the committee takes into account the stage of research a student has reached, there are often good reasons for earlier-stage students to apply, including the development of a dissertation topic, which may come out of research done in the first two to three years. 

For all relevant information and application instructions, visit the Documents page of our Engage site and find the PDF called "GSC | Conference Grants: Information for Applicants."

 

GSC Summer Research Grants Overview

The GSC awards Summer Research Grants of up to $1000.00 to eligible GSAS students once per year. Applications are submitted through Engage and reviewed three times a year by a committee composed of GSC executives, other GSAS students, faculty, and administrators. The submission deadlines for consideration at a given funding round fall on the second Friday of April. 

The primary consideration in awarding Summer Research Grants is the importance of the research to the student’s degree or career. An ideal applicant will be conducting research that will help them to complete/advance their research or to go on the job market. There are also good reasons for earlier-stage students to apply, including the development of a dissertation topic.

The committee also takes into account the significance of the research opportunity. Research conducted in a discipline outside the applicant’s can be rationalized (i.e. if the research involves novel/unfamiliar methods). Any research expense that is related to a degree requirement is an allowable expense for Summer Research Grant applicants. This includes language training that is unavailable at Harvard but is critical to the student's research. For research grants, two types of expenses explicitly not covered by the GSC are human subjects compensation (e.g. for psychology experiments or ethnographic data collection) and laboratory equipment (e.g. consumables like test tubes).

For all relevant information and application instructions, visit the Documents page of our Engage site and find the PDF called "GSC | Summer Research Grants: Information for Applicants."