All questions regarding financing your education at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health can best be fielded directly by the Office of Financial Aid. The Office of Financial Aid website has a fund finder for scholarship/grant information. You will find an assortment of opportunities; please look through those and their criteria to ensure you qualify for a particular funding opportunity.
The Admissions Office also lists Harvard Chan Grant/Scholarships on their website here with instructions on how to apply. A Harvard-wide scholarship list on that link also requires separate applications and deadlines, so please review it thoroughly. Finally, there are external scholarship resources listed here.
Please review the tabs below for more information on fellowships and funding from other Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health departments.
Fellowships at Harvard Chan School
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health trains hundreds of fellows annually. For more information on fellowship and residency opportunities and any new fellowships that are added, please click here.
Fellowships for Harvard Students (updated: August 21, 2023)
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation/China Programs Student Research Grants
The Ash Center’s China Programs financially support Harvard University students pursuing China-related internships, independent research, and other forms of study conducted in China during winter and summer academic vacation periods.
Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
The Initiative seeks Harvard graduate students to work with staff and faculty on projects that support participating cities, research, and curriculum development. The Initiative’s work with cities creates an opportunity to inspire a future generation of city leaders. Harvard graduate students will have the opportunity to gain experience in city government by working on real-world city issues. In so doing, students can provide immediate value to participating cities and contribute to emerging research.
Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellows
The Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship supports the dissertation research of Harvard University doctoral students whose independent research aligns with the mission of the Center, which is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.
Global Mental Health Fellowship – NEW!
The Global Mental Health Fellowship was established in 2022, to provide students with opportunities to partner with organizations outside the U.S. to address mental health issues in their communities.
Herbert S. Winokur, Jr. Fellowship in Public Health for the Mississippi Delta – NEW!
The Herbert S. Winokur, Jr. Fellowship in Public Health for the Mississippi Delta is awarded to Harvard Chan students in support of community-engaged projects that address the health and well-being of Mississippians. Fellows join other Community Engaged Learning Fellows in a community of learning and scholarship.
John C. & Katherine Vogelheim Hansen Research and Travel Fund for Africa
This fellowship aids undergraduate, DrPH, and GSAS students planning to travel to Africa for an international experience and is especially interested in supporting those experiences and projects related to science and health. The Vogelheim Hansen Fund typically covers all transportation expenses.
Harvard University Asia Center – NEW!
Grants and fellowships offered by Harvard University’s Asia Center
Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery – Dubai/Graduate Student Research Award
The Harvard Graduate Student Research Award will support advanced graduate students from Harvard University working on a dissertation or thesis research that addresses some of the most pressing health challenges in Dubai, the UAE, and the Center’s region.
Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program – Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Student Research
Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program announces the Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Student Research, open to students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Kennedy School, and Graduate School of Education.
Harvard Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (Culture Lab Innovation Fund + Express Grants)
The Culture Lab Innovation Fund (CLIF) awards grants to Harvard students, faculty, staff, fellows, and personnel to pursue ideas that advance a culture of belonging on campus. Ideas should identify a critical challenge around diversity, equity, inclusion, or belonging. Proposals should aim to have a direct impact on the Harvard community and align with the University’s goals towards lasting inclusive excellence.
The University Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging awards Express Grants to Harvard students, staff, faculty, postdocs, and researchers to pursue innovative ideas that will create learning opportunities, contribute to enhancing diversity initiatives and catalyze culture change.
Harvard Office for Sustainability – NEW
The Student Grant program funds creative projects that contribute to Harvard’s commitment to climate and health and help create a more sustainable community. The Program funds projects that are specifically aligned with the goals, standards, and commitments in Harvard’s Sustainability Plan. Special consideration is given to projects that address climate change and enhance human well-being.
Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program, Harvard University
Harvard’s Presidential Public Service Fellowship (PPSF) program supports a broad range of summer opportunities that serve the common good. Our Fellows are involved in meaningful projects that affect communities across the United States. They are active in programs that focus on education, the arts, and government; work in social services and human rights organizations; and seek improved outcomes in health, the environment, and the justice system.
Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; 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.
Rose Service Learning Fellowship
The Rose Service Learning Fellowships are funded by a generous gift from Dr. Deborah Rose, SM ’75 to support students and post-doctoral fellows at Harvard Chan to engage in service learning projects in the U.S. or abroad. There are currently two funding cycles per year, in the fall and spring.
Women in Public Policy Program (WAPPP)
The Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) provides stipends to Harvard graduate students for field placements that focus on closing gender gaps. Over the past decade, WAPPP has supported over 130 students to work in at least 53 different countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Jordan, Liberia, Nepal, South Africa, and the United States.
Office of Student Affairs Funding
Professional Development Support Fund
Students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are fully engaged and are interested in taking advantage of opportunities to participate in co-curricular and academic experiences such as attending or presenting at professional conferences or development seminars, and by organizing their own events such as seminars, panels, symposiums, etc. As a result, a Professional Development Support Fund was established. The goal of the fund is to reduce individual students’ costs to participate in or organize experiences that contribute to their professional development.
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Student Hardship Fund
The Student Hardship Fund is designed to provide temporary, short-term financial assistance to students in degree programs who are managing demanding academic requirements while struggling with unanticipated or emergency financial situations. Unlike a loan, students are not expected to repay awards from the Student Hardship Fund. The fund will be managed by the Office for Student Affairs. Please be aware that this fund is limited and not all requests will be met with financial assistance.
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Weatherhead Center for International Affairs - Harvard University
The Center welcomes applications from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in various disciplines whose research involves important international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues that may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States.
The Weatherhead Center has been fortunate to receive significant financial support for student research. The generous gifts of Albert and Celia Weatherhead, for whom the Center was renamed in 1998, assist the operation of the Center generally and student programs in particular. For a list of graduate student and postdoc funding opportunities, please click here.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
Through philanthropy, the Foundation aims to empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/ Health Services Research Dissertation Awards
The AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36) provides dissertation grants for doctoral candidates. This program supports dissertation research that addresses AHRQ’s mission and priorities and welcomes any areas of health services research as dissertation project topics.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/ National Research Service Award Program/ Postdoctoral Fellowship
AHRQ supports individual students pursuing postdoctoral research training through the NRSA postdoctoral fellowship grant. The purpose of this training fellowship is to provide support to promising fellows with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in health services research with a research interest in areas and priorities relevant to the mission of AHRQ.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Various scholarships, grants, and funding opportunities in Global Health
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
AAUW awards fellowships and grants to “more than 13,000 scholars and organizations in 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Gaum and 150 countries, one of the largest scholarship programs for women in the world”. There are funding opportunities for domestic and international applicants.
American College of Healthcare Executives
The purpose of this directory is to provide a list of available postgraduate administrative fellowships to students and early careerists and provide a place where sponsoring organizations may promote their fellowships and increase visibility for these programs. This is not a comprehensive list of all available fellowships nationwide.
American Indian Education Fund (AIEF)
AIEF offers competitive graduate scholarships to eligible American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian students pursuing a Masters’s or Doctoral degree.
American Indian Graduate Center
Financial support is provided for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in obtaining undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.
American Psychology Association (APA) – Wane F. Placek Research Grant
The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men, and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations.
Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
ASPPH is a funding finder with a list of scholarships, fellowships, and grant opportunities.
Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Scholarships
“The Association on American Indian Affairs has been providing Native American student scholarships since 1947 and provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are citizens of their Tribal Nation – whether or not their Nation is recognized by the federal government”.
Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation
– David F. Ludwig Memorial Student Travel Scholarship
The AEHS Foundation offers the David F. Ludwig Memorial Student Travel Award. This scholarship was established to recognize students pursuing Ecology and Ecological Sciences research.
– Charlena M. Seymour Scholarship
This scholarship recognized women pursuing an advanced degree in Public and Environmental Health. The Scholarship is named in honor of Charlena Seymour whose professional accomplishments and vision, leadership, and compassion for her fellow man make her an outstanding role-model to women
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Promote programmatic innovation and support the foundation’s ability to solve complex problems by accessing exceptional, global talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
BIPOC Scholarship from Point Foundation
BIPOC Scholarship from Point Foundation provides financial, coaching and community support to Members of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
Generations of racism and an education system born from discriminatory policies have made clear that BIPOC students face greater obstacles to educational achievement. When these challenges are combined with those faced by students who also identify as LGBTQ, the impediments can make a higher education degree seem impossible. Point aims to mitigate these issues by providing financial support, community resources, and professional development.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop is a scholarship finder with thousands of scholarship, fellowship, and grant opportunities.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
There are various “hands-on, full-time fellowship programs for those with a doctoral degree or recent doctoral graduates. All offer a unique experience in one of many public health fields”.
Concern Worldwide: Program on Humanitarian Leadership
Concern helps the world’s extremely poor and most vulnerable recover from disaster, fight malnutrition and deadly diseases, strengthen their resilience to climate extremes, and more.
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
The mission of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is to advance the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.
The Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship
Provides financial support to students who plan to devote their careers to advancing public policy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights and seek advanced degrees in public health or public policy.
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides financial support for students who are active and emerging organizers in progressive movements for liberation, self-determination and social and economic justice in their communities.
Echoing Green Fellowship for Emerging Health Leaders
Echoing Green works to catalyze the ability of emerging public health leaders to impact the world and drive social progress further and faster. Our fellows are innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels who drive positive social change, improving healthcare and health policy worldwide. With an unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas, they have the potential to change patterns across society.
Fellowships for students FROM China enrolling in Harvard University Graduate Studies
These fellowship funds support citizens of China enrolling in graduate degree programs. Candidates must have financial needs as determined by the Harvard school where they plan to enroll.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program via Laspau
The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe. Laspau administers a part of the Fulbright Program, which provides grants to individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean for graduate study in the United States.
Gerber Foundation – Doctoral Student Research Grant
Applications for Novice grants follow the same process as regular grants and are limited to no more than $30,000 in total (inclusive of indirects). They are identified by the amount requested in the application. Eligible applicants include physicians, PhD candidates, PharmD candidates, and other similar degree candidates.
Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award
Giva’s Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university in the United States. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students in furthering their education as well as expanding their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.
Harvard University Center for African Studies (Africa)
The 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.
Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP)
HUNAP provides support to Harvard students to conduct research on Native American and Indigenous issues, for professional development activities, and conference attendance.
HBNU Global Health Fellowship
The HBNU Fogarty Global Health Training Program offers 12-month mentored research fellowships in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) designed to address some of the world’s most pressing health challenges. The fellowship is available to U.S. pre-and post-doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows from LMICs
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
HRSA programs support health infrastructure, including training health professionals and distributing them to areas where they are needed most, providing financial support to healthcare providers, and advancing telehealth.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to complete higher education while providing support services and scholarships to as many exceptional students, Scholars, and Alumni as possible.
IELTS USA Andrea Scott International Graduate Scholarship
This award honors the late Andrea Scott, a dedicated international education colleague and Senior Product Champion at IELTS USA. “Outside of her work, Andrea was active in her community, dedicating her time to bringing together those impacted by the justice system for artistic collaboration, mutual learning, and growth through the Prison Creative Arts Project. Scholarship recipients will share Andrea’s inspiring commitment to international education, her passion for globalization, creative arts, and equal rights initiatives”.
India and Pakistan “Seed for Change” Competition (Harvard University South Asia Institute)
The Seed for Change Program aims to develop a vibrant ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in India and Pakistan 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 and Pakistan.
Indian Health Service
The federal health program for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
John C. and Katherine Vogelheim Hansen Research and Travel Fund for Africa
This fellowship aids undergraduate and graduate students planning to travel to Africa for an international experience and is especially interested in supporting those experiences and projects related to science and health. The Vogelheim Hansen Fund typically covers all travel expenses.
Korean-American Scholarship Foundation
KASF scholarships (which range from $500 to $5,000) are offered to qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full-time program in the U.S. during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non-Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. Specifically, descendants of American veterans who served during the Korean War may qualify for scholarships (applicable to selective regions).
Luce Scholars Program via Harvard University Committee on General Scholarships – Travel to Asia
The goal of the Luce Scholars Program is to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young American in a variety of professional fields who have limited experience in Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.
LULAC National Scholarship Fund
LNESC and LULAC created the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) to help youth in underserved communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. LNSF is a unique partnership between grassroots advocates and corporations that fund educational opportunities for deserving youth across the U.S.
National Academies Fellowships
The Fellowships Office administers predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards for the government and private/foundation sponsors. These fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial, and international workforce.
National Environmental Health Association Scholarships
By offering the NEHA/AAS Scholarships to eligible undergraduate and graduate students, they hope to contribute positively to the future of environmental health. The scholarship program aims to encourage early commitment by students to pursue a career in environmental health.
National Institutes of Health
NIH has a list of institutional training grants to provide individual research training opportunities (including international) to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees. NIH also has a list of individual fellowships that domestic and international students can apply to.
National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Fellowships
The NWRI fellowship program awards funds to graduate students who are conducting water research in the United States.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Seeking 30 most promising New Americans who will make distinctive contributions to American society, culture, or their field.
Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO)
The P.E.O. Scholar Awards was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the U.S. and Canada pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university.
Presidential Innovation Fellowships
The Presidential Innovation Fellows program brings the principles, values, and practices of the innovation economy into government through the most effective agents of change we know: our people. This highly competitive program pairs talented, diverse individuals from the innovation community with top civil servants to tackle many of our Nation’s biggest challenges, and to achieve a profound and lasting social impact.
Presidential Management Fellowships
To become a PMF (Presidential Management Fellowship), you must participate in a rigorous, multi-hurdle process. It takes patience and endurance but also gives you a chance to demonstrate your leadership ability and potential. As a PMF, you will have earned your place in the program, and the opportunity to grow professionally, serve your country, and make a difference!
Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation
The Switzer Fellowship offers one-year fellowships to highly talented graduate students from diverse academic and personal backgrounds in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who demonstrate leadership in their field.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds a wide array of research and initiatives to help address some of America’s most pressing health challenges.
SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program
The MFP targets but is not limited to racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work. Applicants must hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Their career goal must be to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government or private organizations serving underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund via Sallie Mae Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and The Sallie Mae Fund proudly offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending an accredited post-secondary graduate-level institution. Ten (10) students enrolled at least part-time in an accredited graduate-level program will be selected to receive a scholarship up to $10,000.
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well-deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare.
World Bank Scholarship & Fellowships
The World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) provides scholarships to students and young researchers, contributing to the World Bank’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world.