Applicants for the Doctor of Design Program (DDes) should be aware of the following aid options:

  1. All students admitted to the Doctor of Design program may have a portion of their tuition covered by GSD grant and/or GSD Teaching Fellowship during the first two years of the program, depending on other sources of financial aid.  While applicants do not need to apply for aid to receive the GSD support, the GSD Financial Aid Disclosure Form must be submitted before any awards can be offered. The form will be accessible through our online application system. This system will be available to prospective students in late January. You will receive an email to the address you utilized to submit your admissions application once the link goes live. Please follow the instructions in the email and complete the Financial Aid Disclosure Form. Your username will be the email address you provided to the Admissions Office, thereafter you will need to create a secure password after you log in for the first time.  We will not have access to your password, so please keep a record for future reference. You will also be able to utilize this site to access various other items regarding your financial aid, including any missing forms and ultimately your final financial aid package. The GSD Financial Aid Disclosure Form must be submitted in early February 2017.  GSD aid sources may be adjusted to reflect other sources of financial assistance.
  2. All DDes applicants are encouraged to review the options for Restricted Scholarships. To apply for these scholarships please indicate your interest on the financial aid disclosure form. You can find more information about this process on our Applying for Restricted Scholarships page. DDes students who are US citizens or permanent residents may also apply for federal awards by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will be available online on 1/1/2017. Admitted students will be informed about their financial aid at the time of admission decisions provided they have applied by the early February 2017 deadline.
  3. Also, please review our information about Outside Scholarships.
  4. Alternative loan options are also available for International and Domestic Students. Details are communicated to incoming students during the summer prior to enrollment.

Grant Based Aid for Doctoral Students

GSD Grant

All Doctor of Design students may have a portion of their tuition covered by GSD grant and/or GSD Teaching Fellowship during the first two years of the program, depending on other sources of financial aid. Starting in the third year doctoral students are not eligible for GSD Grant or Teaching Fellowship Awards because they will only be charged for a quarter of the semester tuition for each subsequent semester.  To apply for an institutional grant you must submit the GSD Financial Aid Disclosure Form.

Harvard Restricted Scholarships

The Harvard University Committee on General Scholarships (CGS) administers various university-wide grant funds both for US and international students. The CGS website will take you through a series of steps to see if you meet the selection criteria for any of the scholarships that are available (The Lehman, Starr and Thayer Scholarships are awarded by GSD staff and/or faculty, and therefore students do not apply for them). Applications are due in February (in advance of the regular financial aid cycle). You will receive a communication from the Financial Aid Office with instructions when we are ready to begin accepting nomination requests.

Graduate Consortium on Energy and the Environment

Doctoral students may also want to apply for the Energy Consortium. The benefits of the consortium include a fellowship for courses that are being taken as well as the ability to obtain some additional funding for conferences and related expenses. To apply students must have completed the first year of their doctoral program. More information can be found on the Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment program page.

Federal Aid for Doctoral Students

DDes students who are US citizens or permanent residents may also apply for federal awards by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal aid options can be viewed in the Aid for US Citizens and Permanent Residents page and on the Federal Student Aid website.

Additional Aid Options for Doctoral Students

Additional Grant Options

Doctoral Students should also review our information on the Outside Scholarships page.

Additional Loan Options

Alternative loan options are also available for both international and domestic students.