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Fellowships & Grants

HGSE Need-Based Grant

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.

Barakett Family

Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available 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 17, 2023:

Community Impact

Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only 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 17, 2023:

Conant

Available only to students under contract with either Boston or Cambridge Public Schools
Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available 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 17, 2023

Ed.L.D. Funding Program

Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only 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 here. 

Harvard University Restricted Scholarships

Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only 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

Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only full-time Ed.M. Students

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, 2023 and is part of the 2023-2024 HGSE Admissions Application. Additionally, applicants must also complete: 

Pforzheimer

Available to only U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only 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: 

  • A statement of no more than two double-spaced pages in length, describing your commitment to and experience in public service 
  • A current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • The HGSE Financial Aid Application and
  • The FAFSA (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

The application deadline is the same as for the HGSE Financial Aid Application, and application materials may be submitted via e-mail to finaid@gse.harvard.edu.

Teaching and Teacher Leadership

Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only full-time Ed.M. Students

The Teaching and Teacher Leadership Fellowship is designed to make it possible for exceptional students dedicated to the teaching profession to enroll in HGSE’s Teaching and Teacher Leadership Ed.M. Program. The goal of the Teaching and Teacher Leadership Program is to prepare novice and experienced teachers with the skills, knowledge, support, and professional network needed to design and lead transformative learning experiences, advance equity and social justice, and generate the best outcomes for students in U.S. schools.

The Teaching and Teacher Leadership Fellowship represents HGSE’s commitment to investing in the future of the teaching profession. The fellowship offers a significant funding package to qualified candidates to defray the costs of enrollment and to minimize student debt after graduation. Fellowship recipients are given a package that covers 80 percent of tuition and provides for a $10,000 living stipend during the fellowship year. Preference is given to candidates pursuing the Teaching Licensure Residency Model. Recipients must be enrolled full-time as Ed.M. students.

Fellowships are determined during the admissions process, and no separate application is required.

Urban Scholars

Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only full-time Ed.M. Students

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 application deadline is January 5, 2023 and is part of the 2023-2024 HGSE Admissions Application. Additionally, applicants must also complete: 

Saul Zaentz

Available to International Students, U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only full-time Ed.M. Students

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 application deadline is January 5, 2023 and is part of the 2023-2024 HGSE Admissions Application. Additionally, applicants must also complete: 

Zuckerman

Available to only U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents
Available to only full-time Ed.M. Students

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. Ed.M. and Ed.L.D. candidates will be considered. 

The application deadline is January 23, 2023. You can find details about the fellowship, eligibility, application process, and more on the Zuckerman Fellows website and in the Zuckerman Fellows brochure

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