Harvard Fellowships / Grants / Funding Sources

Harvard University offers a wide range of funding opportunities for students. Some fellowships offer a full time work experience; grants and fellowships may also offer funding to help Harvard students to travel and conduct research overseas. The goal of these funding sources is to extend the academic experience beyond the classroom setting.

National Fellowship / Internship Opportunities of Special Interest to Planning Students

Harvard Fellowships / Grants / Travel Funding Sources

Edward M. Gramlich Fellowship in Community and Economic Development
The Edward M. Gramlich Fellowship in Community and Economic Development is co-sponsored by NeighborWorks America and the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS). The program provides graduate level Harvard University students the opportunity to spend a summer on an analytical project suitable for publication as a working paper, while working directly with Joint Center faculty and NeighborWorks staff. Students will have the opportunity to present their research in Washington, D.C. at a policy briefing arranged by the Joint Center.

Stipend: $8,000+ 
Deadline: Annually in February
Contact: Pamela Baldwin 

Rappaport Institute Public Policy Summer Fellowship
The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston encourages graduate students to spend part of their careers in public service through a paid, 10-week summer internship in key state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area. Fellows, who represent all graduate schools in Greater Boston, participate in a weekly seminar series with leading practitioners and scholars. 

Stipend: $7,000
Deadline: Friday, January 16, 2015
Contact: Polly O’Brien

Presidential Public Service Fellowships
Harvard President Drew Faust, with the generous support of an anonymous donor, has established the Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program to provide funding to students interested in pursuing public service work during the summer.  Ten fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis each year to a cohort of undergraduate and graduate students participating in a broad range of activities, including government and community service, non-governmental organization and non-profit work, and innovative projects that serve the common good.

Stipend: $8,000
Deadline: February 20, 2015
Contact: Stephanie Gumble or Michael Hussey     

Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program
Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program encourages and assists students with an interest in Indonesia from HKS and from across Harvard University by supporting their winter and summer internships, independent research, and other forms of study conducted in Indonesia. A GSD MUP stuent received a grant in 2012.

Award: variable, based on expenses
Deadline: March 31, 2015 for summer; Annually in October for JTerm
Contact: Trisiawati Bantacut

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Travel Grants
The DRCLAS Summer Independent Internship Grants support students who will be participating in an unpaid summer internship experience in Latin America, or in the United States on a project related to Latin America. Minimum travel time is five weeks. DRCLAS also offers Summer Research Travel Grants, Conference Travel Grants, and Term-Time Travel Grants.

Award: varies, based upon grant
Deadline: February 13, 2015 at 12 pm for summer research travel grants; Annually in October for term-time travel grants
Contact: Yadira Rivera                            

The South Asia Initiative Graduate Internship & Research Grants
Graduate students from across the university are welcome to apply for South Asia Initiative (SAI) internship and research grants. Students must be continuing at Harvard the following academic year. These internships should be a minimum of 8 weeks. Preference is given for funding for an internship at a SAI partnered organizations. SAI research grants are available to Harvard Graduate Students across all disciplines for research, language study, or field work in South Asia. January Term funding is also available. Harvard GSD students were among the 2014 SAI Winter Session Grant Recipients.

Award: Varies
Deadline: February 13, 2015
Contact: Nora Maginn

Center for African Studies Graduate Student Grants & Fellowships
The Committee on African Studies offers funding to Harvard graduate students traveling to any African country for thesis research, internship, volunteer work or study abroad. Grants require a minimum stay of eight weeks in Africa. January Term grants for a stay of three weeks are also available. 

Award: cost of round-trip airfare and a limited stipend
Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015 at 3pm for Summer Grants. (The 2015 JTerm deadline has passed.)
Contact: Center for African Studies

Additional Travel Fellowships and Travel Funding Resources

Hart Howerton Fellowship (Urban Planning, Landscape Architecure & Architecture)
Each summer, Fellowships allow the firm to employ several students in planning, architecture and/or landscape architecture under a single program, mirroring our firm’s dedication to the working integration of those disciplines in how and what we design. The Fellowship also provides a component of funded travel for research on a topic that each Fellow selects. As a result of the Fellowships, schools have had the ability to graduate students with the added advantages of professional office experience, collaborative, interdisciplinary design, and worldwide travel and research. Locations in San Francisco and New York.         

Deadline: Jaunuary 23, 2015
Award: Salary (8 week internship in a Hart Howerton office) + round trip airfare to/from the internship location + $2,250 for housing during the internship + $5,000 for travel

Robert A. M. Stern Architects Fellowship
The RAMSA Travel Fellowship (Architecture) is a $10,000 prize awarded yearly by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the RAMSA Travel Fellowship seeks to promote investigations on the perpetuation of tradition through invention - key to the firm’s own work. The prize is intended to nurture emerging talent and is awarded to an individual who has proven insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.

Deadline: April 10, 2015
Award: $10,000


National Fellowship / Internship Opportunities of Special Interest to Planning Students

Chicago Mayor’s Fellowship
Fellows participate in budgetary, legislative, and programmatic areas of city government and work directly with Mayor’s Office senior staff. Mayoral Fellows are afforded an unparalleled opportunity to learn about public service and policy-making by directly contributing to the executive office of the City of Chicago.

Stipend: Not specified
Deadline: Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm
Contact: Kathryn O’Connell Marrese - phone: (312) 744-6655

San Francisco Planning Department Internships
The San Francisco Planning Department seeks Planning Interns to work with Planning Staff on a variety of planning projects. Specific internships vary as needed and are not yet announced. Typically three paid and eight unpaid internships. View the previous summer 2014 internship poster.

Stipend: Varies with experience
Deadline: Annually in April
Contact: Nora Priego-Ramos

Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship
Education Pioneers connects you with a full-time consulting role where your business, education, law, or policy expertise will make an impact for a leading education organization and for students. Our 2015 program begins in June 2015, with 10-week summer and yearlong placements. 

Stipend: $7,000
Deadline: December 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST

Baltimore Mayoral Fellowship
The Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowship is a ten week full-time placement in a Mayoral office or agency. Fellows will be assigned to projects that focus on myriad public policy issues and challenges. Mayoral Fellows will complete their projects under the direction of senior level government officials and will be provided with immediate and direct feedback. Mayoral Fellows receive stipends and are placed in agencies based on their background, interests and the needs of the agencies and departments.

Contact: Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowship
Stipend: $4,000-5,000
Deadline: TBD

New York City Department of City Planning Summer Internship Program
The NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) is responsible for New York City's physical and socioeconomic planning, including land use and environmental review; preparation of plans and policies; and provision of technical assistance and planning information to government agencies, public officials, and community boards. The Department seeks talented undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on planning, urban design, technology or related fields for summer internships. Interns may work in the borough planning offices as well as in functional planning departments including Transportation, GIS/Internet Technology, Strategic Planning, Planning Coordination, Zoning and Urban Design, Land Use Review and Technical Review. 

Stipend: Unpaid (students are eligible to apply for CSFP funding)
Deadline: TBD 

Phillip D. Peters Regional Planning Fellowship Program
In conjunction with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), this Chicago, IL Fellowship is awarded annually each spring to a qualified graduate student in a field related to regional planning. The objective is to open the Fellowship to a broad range of applicants representative of the full scope of regional planning. A three-month/400-hour work experience at CMAP is provided under the guidance and mentoring of a senior staff member.

Contact: Catherine Holland-Hatcher
Stipend: $15/hour
Deadline: TBD

HUD Student Interns Program
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Interns Program was created with you in mind. HUD is always interested in finding talented people who have the skills needed to meet our future employment needs. Through a variety of programs, the HUD Intern Program is designed to help recruit and attract exceptional individuals to a broad spectrum of occupations within HUD. The program offers interns professional experiences and formal training opportunities that are tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests. View current student opportunities.

Stipend: Varies; Paid & Unpaid
Deadline: Varies

The 2015 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)
STIPDG provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and skills that will compliment your academic pursuits. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate tomorrow's leaders, strengthen their understanding of the transportation industry and prepare them for future public service opportunities. The STIPDG is open to all qualified applicants but is designed to provide qualified women, persons with disabilities, and members of diverse groups with summer opportunities in transportation where these groups have been under-represented.

Stipend: $5,000
Deadline: January 16, 2015

Greenlining Summer Associates Program
The Academy Summer Associate Program is an intensive 10-week training program for young leaders. Associates learn about issues impacting California and the nation and manage research and advocacy projects under the direction of a Greenlining staff member. Associates are exposed to community leaders, new issues, and new methods of advocacy. Associates receive regular mentorship, professional and personal skill development and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, testify at key policy hearings, and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and political leaders.

Stipend: $4,300, 10 weeks
Deadline: Annually in January
Contact: Danielle Trimiew


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