The Harvard Merit Fellowships

The Harvard Merit Fellowships and Graduate Society Term Time Awards for Dissertation Research are now similar in terms of eligibility requirements and stipend; they are available to outstanding GSAS students in all fields, including the natural sciences (separate applications no longer exist).

These fellowships are normally to be held in the fourth or fifth year, or earlier, and are for the purpose of allowing the students to devote a greater portion of their time to research, fieldwork, and writing than would otherwise be possible.

Students must have passed Generals and have an approved dissertation prospectus at the time of nomination, or be scheduled to have approval by the time the award begins (the award otherwise will be forfeited if approval does not materialize).

Stipend, Tenure, and Location :

The maximum grant is a single term standard cohort stipend (in FY10 it was $11,165 but may be subject to change for the coming year).

The award is taken for one semester, either fall or spring. During the semester that the award is held, teaching is restricted to 1 / 5 (one section), with no restriction in the non-fellowship term.

Eligibility and Other Criteria :

Merit / Term Time candidates may be in any field within GSAS. All candidates must have passed Generals and have an approved dissertation prospectus at the time of nomination, or must be scheduled to have an approved prospectus by the time the award begins (the award otherwise will be forfeited if approval does not materialize).

Normally, at the time of nomination, the candidates will be in the third or fourth year of the doctoral program – or earlier.

Please Note :  Under a new policy, students will be allowed to combine the merit / term time fellowship stipends with additional fellowships, with a cap of $32,000 stipend.

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Multiple winners will be expected to take the full non-GSAS award. It is important to report promptly, as soon as you receive another fellowship offer.

Applicants in this pool may not apply in any other category of Graduate Society Fellowships, or in the completion fellowships category.

Students must apply to their departments to be nominated.

Deadline For Department Nominations :

Department nominations and accompanying materials should be submitted to: Cynthia Verba, Director of Fellowships, Holyoke Center 350, by Friday, February 11, 2011.

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