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Financial Aid

Need-Based Grant Awards

HGSE Grants

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.

Pforzheimer Fellowships

Incoming full-time residential Ed.M. applicants 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
  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 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. 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 Harvard Committeeon General Scholarships website.

Important note: Available Harvard University Restricted Scholarships will be listed on the HGSE Financial Aid Application; not all scholarships listed on the Harvard Committeeon General Scholarships website are available to HGSE students each year due to funding restrictions and availability.