Funding Sources and How to Apply

Scholarship Opportunities

Harvard Chan Grant/Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid is committed to assisting students meet the cost of a Harvard Chan School education. However, the School has limited grant/scholarships and cannot fully meet each student’s financial need. 

The majority of grant/scholarship support for Harvard Chan degree students is determined through one Harvard Chan Grant/Scholarship Application Process, and by completing this process by the deadline of January 8th, you will be considered for the following opportunities:

Harvard Chan Central Grants

Harvard Chan School scholarships come from a variety of sources including endowed (named) funds and gifts from generous donors, as well as School funds earmarked for financial aid.

Training/Research Grants and other department/program funding

Academic departments and programs review the information provided through the Harvard Chan Grant/Scholarship Application Process to determine these awards.

Presidential Scholars Program

The President’s Office funds this program to enable talented and financially-needy graduate/professional students interested in public service careers the ability to attend Harvard. The Harvard Chan School will use this to recruit and retain the highest quality masters students, especially under-served domestic populations and students from developing countries.

Harvard Chan/Mexican Partnership

DrPH students:

An agreement between the Harvard Chan School, CONACYT, and Fundación México en Harvard provides funding for Mexican students enrolling in the DrPH program. Scholarship support will cover 100% of the cost of this three-year program. The agreement allows up to seven students from Mexico to be fully supported under the terms of this agreement. Students who have been admitted will be notified of the details and requirements to finalize their funding. They will also be required to return and work/live in Mexico after graduation or a period of up to two years of practical training abroad.  (Please note: Should the student choose not to return, all support received from the Fundación is to be reimbursed fully. Also, if the student received CONACYT funding prior to the DrPH program, they must have complied with the requirement of that prior funding to return and work/live in Mexico in order to receive those sources of funding for the DrPH program.)

Masters students:

More information on the options for Master’s Students can be found at this link. These opportunities require separate applications.

Committee on General Scholarships (CGS) - General Funds

CGS manages scholarships that have specific restrictions. Students who complete the Harvard Chan application process will be considered for nomination and do not need to notify us of their eligibility. Please note that applicants enrolled part-time are generally not eligible for these scholarships.

Other information:

Factors for determining aid

Most awards look at a combination of all these categories.

    • Merit-Based: based on academic potential and excellence, including work experience, prior degrees, grades, personal statement, recommendation letters, etc.
    • Need-Based: based on income, assets, prior loan debt, family contributions, etc.
    • Diversity: based on socioeconomic status, first-generation college graduate, immigration status, underrepresented minorities, students from developing countries, etc.

Harvard Chan Funding Statistics

Coming soon!

Other Harvard Funding Sources

These scholarships require separate applications from the Harvard Chan Grant/Scholarship Application process and have different deadlines. Our office has compiled a list that can be found here. Please note that applicants enrolled part-time are generally not eligible for university-wide scholarships.

External Sources

Our financial aid staff frequently updates information on external resources through an interactive database that allows students, faculty, and staff to submit information about outside resources about which they are aware. Some students also receive help funding their education from their employers, governments, or other sources.