Professional Development Support Fund for Students

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.

Application Process

All student funding requests are to be submitted via a Professional Development Support Application to the Professional Development Support Committee (PDSC). The PDSC membership is comprised of two Office for Student Services staff members and two Harvard Chan Student Association members. Before applying, students should review the eligibility requirements and application guidelines. Approval of funding will be based on the merit of a student’s application and the availability of funds. Please note: funds are not intended to be used for activities supported by existing departmental resources, to fund dissertation research travel, international travel, and to purchase equipment.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a degree seeking Harvard Chan School student*
  • Be in good academic standing
  • If you are a graduating student, you are eligible to apply as long as you are enrolled as a student at the time of submission of your application
  • Applications must be submitted using the application guidelines
  • Events must take place after the application deadline
  • Late, incomplete, or group submissions will not be considered

*PhD students should apply for funding via the GSAS Professional Development Fund for PhD students by clicking here.

Application Deadlines for 2019-2020

(No later than 5:00 PM ET on the deadline)

  • October 15th
  • January 15th
  • March 15th
  • June 15th

Notice of Decision

  • Notice of decision will be sent via email within ten business days of the application deadline.
  • If a student’s application is not approved, they may apply again by re-submitting their application with additional documentation and/or revisions for review by the Committee at their next meeting provided it meet eligibility requirements and application guidelines.