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Need-Based Grant Awards

HGSE Grants

HGSE Grants are awarded to Ed.M. candidates and generally range up to the present maximum of $16,000. HGSE Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need in accordance with HGSE Financial Aid policies and methodologies.

Pforzheimer Fellowships

Incoming masters and first year doctoral students who are graduates of Harvard/Radcliffe College are eligible to apply.  Pforzheimer Fellowships are intended for graduate students who demonstrate unusual talent and commitment to public service. Priority is given to current practitioners and award amounts vary. Candidates must submit the following documents along with a HGSE Financial Aid Application:

  1. A statement of no more than two double-spaced pages in length, describing your commitment to and experience in public service, and
  2. A current curriculum vitae or resume.

The application deadline is the same as for the HGSE Financial Aid Application.

Harvard University Restricted Scholarships

Harvard University Restricted Scholarships are administered by the Committee on General Scholarships. Most of these are based on need and also have award preferences related to field of study, ethnic/cultural background, geographic region, or high school or college attended. Available scholarships are listed on the HGSE Financial Aid Application. Awards from these funds are determined through a University-wide competition with incoming and current students from other Harvard schools. The scholarships are generally less than $5,000. For more information on Restricted Scholarships, please see the website for the Committee on General Scholarships.


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