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Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
HGSE Grants are awarded to Ed.M. candidates and range up to the present maximum of $20,500 for full-time students and $10,250 for part-time students. HGSE Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need in accordance with HGSE Financial Aid policies and methodologies. Both residential and online students are considered for HGSE Grant funding. A complete financial aid application is required to be considered for HGSE Grant funding, and the application deadline is the same as for the HGSE Financial Aid Application.
Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent ResidentsAvailable to full-time and part-time (online) Ed.M. Students
Barakett Family Fellowships are intended for deserving Ed.M. degree candidates that demonstrate financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office. The recipients are given a fellowship close to one half of tuition during the one-year program, which may be prorated for part-time study. Part-time, online Ed.M. applicants are also eligible.
To be considered for the Barakett Family Fellowship applicants must complete, by February 16, 2024.
Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent ResidentsAvailable only to part-time (online) Ed.M. Students
HGSE Community Impact Fellowships are intended for deserving part-time, online Ed.M. degree candidates who demonstrate financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office. To be considered for the fellowship, candidates must reside and make impact in rural communities, and/or be first-generation students, and/or come from communities traditionally underrepresented in graduate school settings. The recipients are given a fellowship close to one half of tuition each semester over the entire course of study.
To be considered for the Community Impact Fellowship applicants must complete, by February 16, 2024.
Available only to students under contract with either Boston or Cambridge Public SchoolsAvailable to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent ResidentsAvailable to full-time and part-time (online) Ed.M. Students
The James Bryant Conant Fellowship fund was established to support the professional growth of outstanding teachers and administrators under contract with the Boston and Cambridge public schools who are accepted to HGSE degree programs. Those interested in these competitive, full-tuition awards should consult their unions or school administrative offices concerning the tenure or professional status requirements of their school systems. There is a separate application required, which is found below.
Conant Fellowships are one-year awards which may be prorated for part-time study. Part-time, online Ed.M. applicants are also eligible. Fellows are required to return to their school systems for a minimum of one year after completing the HGSE degree.
The 2023-2024 application packet is found below, and the application deadline is February 16, 2024.
Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent ResidentsAvailable only to full-time Ed.L.D. Students
Students admitted to the Ed.L.D. program receive a full tuition and student health fee funding package, plus a combination of stipend and/or campus-based work opportunities for years one and two, and a paid residency in the third year of the program. No application is required. Learn more about the Ed.L.D. Funding Program.
Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents Available only to full-time Ed.M. Students
HGSE is committed to investing in the future of the teaching profession — and minimizing the student debt that teachers carry. We offer a signature fellowship — the Harvard Fellowship for Teaching — to qualified candidates. The fellowship package covers 80 percent of tuition and provides for a $10,000 living stipend.
This prestigious fellowship will be awarded to all admitted students pursuing the Teaching Licensure Residency model. Additional fellowships may be awarded to qualified candidates admitted to the Teaching Licensure Internship model and the Teaching and Leading strand. Fellowship decisions are determined during the admissions process. Fellowship recipients must be enrolled as full-time students.
Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent ResidentsAvailable only to full-time Ed.M. Students
Harvard University Restricted Scholarships are administered by the Harvard Committee on General Scholarships and incoming full-time residential Ed.M. applicants are considered. 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/undergraduate college relationship. Unless otherwise noted, 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 scholarship amounts vary. For more information on Restricted Scholarships, please see the Harvard Committee on General Scholarships website.
Important note: Unless otherwise noted, available Harvard University Restricted Scholarships will be listed on the HGSE Financial Aid Application; not all scholarships listed on the Harvard Committee on General Scholarships website are available to HGSE students each year due to funding restrictions and availability.
Leadership in Education Fellowships are given to top Ed.M. degree candidates with strong leadership potential and demonstrated financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office. Leadership in Education Fellowship recipients are given a fellowship close to one half of tuition during the one year program. Preference is given to alumni of Teach for America, the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps/VISTA, TeachFirst or other comparable full-time volunteer service programs.
The application deadline is January 5, 2024 and is part of the 2024-2025 HGSE Admissions Application. Additionally, applicants must also complete:
Available only to U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent ResidentsAvailable only to full-time Ed.M. Students
Incoming Ed.M. students who are graduates of Harvard/Radcliffe College are eligible to apply. These fellowships are intended for graduate students who demonstrate significant talent for and commitment to public service. Priority is given to current practitioners. Candidates must submit:
The application deadline is the same as for the HGSE Financial Aid Application, and application materials may be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com.
The Urban Scholars Fellowship is designed to attract and reward exceptional Ed.M. and C.A.S. candidates who have provided evidence demonstrating their strong commitment to the betterment of urban education. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, a demonstrated commitment to a career working in urban education, and demonstrated financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office. In particular they will have three years minimum of direct work experience or significant volunteer work in urban education settings (primarily urban schools, but also community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, etc.). Urban Scholars receive a fellowship package covering full HGSE tuition and student health insurance fees during the fellowship year, and must be enrolled full-time.
The Saul Zaentz Fellowship Program is designed to attract exceptional students invested in early childhood education to enroll in HGSE's Ed.M. Program, which prepares leaders for critical roles in education policy and practice. The goal of the Saul Zaentz Fellowship Program is to prepare a new generation of leaders for the early childhood field. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to a career working in early childhood education. In particular candidates will have 3-5 years or more of direct work experience (paid or as a volunteer) in early childhood education, as a practitioner, researcher, advocate, or policymaker (this may include work in schools, but also in community organizations, non-profits, government work, etc.). In addition to completing the standard Ed.M. curriculum, as part of the Saul Zaentz Initiative, Saul Zaentz Fellows will participate in structured co-curricular, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Saul Zaentz Fellows receive an award package covering half of the HGSE tuition during the fellowship year, and must be enrolled full-time. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need as determined by the HGSE Financial Aid Office.
The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees for one year plus a living stipend. The program's value proposition extends, however, beyond financial support: fellows come together regularly — both as a cohort and with the broader pool of CPL fellows — for dinners, speakers, retreats, and other experiential learning opportunities, including a field experience trip to another city or region. This co-curricular program is designed to enrich the fellows’ academic experience, develop leadership skills, and build lasting ties that serve them beyond their years at Harvard.
The animating idea behind the Zuckerman Fellowship is crosspollination: the creativity that results from bringing perspectives of multiple professions and academic disciplines to bear on public sector problems. Zuckerman Fellows are selected on the basis of leadership abilities, intellectual and academic achievement, and a commitment to public service.
The following videos highlight the program via the lens of David Gergen, professor of public service and founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for over a decade.
Candidates who already possess an M.D., J.D., M.B.A., D.M.D., or D.D.S. degree, or are currently in the process of obtaining one of those degrees are eligible to apply.
The application deadline is January 26, 2024. You can find details about the fellowship, eligibility, application process, and more on the Zuckerman Fellows website and in the Zuckerman Fellows brochure.