Harvard Fellowships/Funding Sources and Internships

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.

The GSD Student Forum Conference Fund
The GSD Student Forum is pleased to offer funding for GSD students to attend conferences relevant to their research interests and/or coursework. Grants of up to $500 per student are available on a rolling application basis (i.e. funding decisions will be made as applications are received.) The funding is awarded to cover travel, lodging, and other expenses related to the proposed conference.


Applications for Spring and Summer 2017 are now open.

Please complete the attached application and return to Student Forum at studentforum@gsd.harvard.edu with your name included in the filename. The application deadline is February 6th at 5 pm EST.

Funding is dispensed as a reimbursement to students upon submission of receipts.

Recent award winners include:

Javier Ors-Ausin, MDes CC '17, Slave Dwelling Conference

Ignacio Cardona, DDes '18, Sustainable Futures Conference 2016

Jacobé Huet, PhD '22, College Art Association Annual Conference

Rebecca Nolan, MDes ULE '17, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo

Hanne van den Berg, DDes '19, United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Yuan Gao, MArch I '17, Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting

Oliver Curtis, MDes EE '17, Beyond Hazardous Fuels: Managing Fire for Social, Economic, and Ecological Benefits

Sean Chia, MArch I '17, Alaska Snow Symposium


Applications for Spring and Summer 2017 are now open.

January 2017: Please complete the attached application  and return to Student Forum at studentforum@gsd.harvard.edu with your name included in the filename. The application deadline is February 6th at 5 pm EST.


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.

How to Apply

Send resumé, cover letter, two letters of reference (we suggest one from a faculty member and one from a professional affiliate in the community or economic development field), current address, phone, and e-mail address to james_chaknis@harvard.edu.

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • How have your past professional and educational experiences prepared you for this fellowship opportunity?
  • What interests you most about this opportunity and what do you hope to learn?
  • Why does the field of community and economic development interest you?

2017 Application Deadline: Applications Due Friday, February 24, 2017.

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 15, 2016
Contact: Polly O’Brien

Presidential Public Service Fellowships
Harvard University 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: Monday, February 8, 2016
Contact: pres_fellowships@harvard.edu

Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center Student Initiatives and Independent Study

HKS Indonesia Student Research Grants
The HKS Indonesia Program offers student research grants to Harvard University students to support independent research or other forms of study conducted in Indonesia. Such grants allow students to compete for grant assistance for their independent projects in Indonesia. GSD students have been awarded grants in the past.

Award: Variable, based on expenses
Deadline: Early April 2016; Annually at the end of October for JTerm
Contact: Trisiawati Bantacut

Ash Center China Programs Student Research Grants
The China Programs encourage and assist students with an interest in China from Harvard Kennedy School and from across Harvard University by supporting internships, independent research, and other forms of study conducted in China.

Award: Varies
Deadline: TBD for Summer 2016; Annually at the end of October for JTerm
Contact : Laura Ma

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) Travel Grants Program 

Term-Time Research Travel Grants
Supports undergraduate and graduate students completing final stage thesis, dissertation or thesis-equivalent research, related to Latin America and the Caribbean that requires travel during the academic year (winter break). Research proposals are accepted from all disciplines, but must be directly related to the region.

Award: Varies
Deadline for Graduate Students: TBD for summer research travel grants (announcement expected mid-November 2015); Annually in October for term-time travel grants

Summer Research Travel Grants
Supports undergraduate and graduate or professional students conducting research related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Research proposals are accepted from all disciplines, but must be directly related to the region. Preference is given to advanced students conducting thesis or dissertation research.

Award: Varies
Deadline for Graduate Students: February 16, 2016

Conference Travel Grants
Grants of up to $300 per year are available to graduate students traveling to conferences to present papers on Latin America.

Award: Up to $300
Deadline for Graduate Students: 1st of every month until funds last. Students are requested to submit applications at least one month before conference date.

DRCLAS contact: Yadira Rivera                 

The South Asia Initiative Graduate Funding Opportunities

Graduate students from across Harvard 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 grants are available to Harvard Graduate Students across all disciplines for three opportunities.

Explore Language Study GrantsResearch Grants, and Internship Grants.

Additionally, the Seed for Change Fund will develop a vibrant ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in India through an annual competition run by the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI), in which grant prizes will be awarded to interdisciplinary student projects that positively impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India.

January Term funding is also available. GSD students were among the 2014 SAI Winter Session Grant Recipients.

Awards: Vary
Deadlines: February 17, 2016
Contact: Nora Maginn

Center for African Studies Graduate Student Grants and Fellowships
The Harvard University Center for African Studies offers funding to Harvard graduate students traveling to Africa for thesis research, internships, 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 travel and a modest stipend
Deadline: February 11, 2016 at 3pm
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: January 22, 2016
Award: Salary (8 week internship in Hart Howerton's New York or San Francisco office) + round trip airfare to/from the internship location + $2,250 for housing during the internship + $5,000 for travel
Contact: fellowship@harthowerton.com

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: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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 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 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST
Contact: recruiting@educationpioneers.org

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.

Stipend: $4,000-5,000
Deadline: End of February 2016 (Application will be posted January 2, 2016.)
Contact: Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowship

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 Community Service Fellowship (CSFP) funding)
Deadline: TBD
Contact: dcprecruit@planning.nyc.gov

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.

Stipend: $18/hour
Deadline: Annually in February
Contact: Catherine Holland-Hatcher

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 15, 2016
Contact: dotstipdg@twc.edu

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: January 28, 2016 12:00 pm PST
Contact: Danielle Trimiew