Summer Funding

Photo by Timothy Batter

"As a financial aid student at Harvard, I had full support for my study abroad experience. 
 Do not let money affect your decision to go abroad" 
                                                                                                                               - Inanna Carter, '14

Harvard Summer Grants

Financial aid is not available during summer term; however, you can apply for summer grants which, for the most part, have deadlines in late January or early February. The largest study abroad fund is strictly for programs 8 weeks or longer and is administered through the Office of Career Services. For a comprehensive list of funding sources and deadlines visit the Funding Sources Database.

If applying for summer funding for a program through the OIE:
       1) Apply directly to the foreign institution or study abroad program for admission.
       2) Prepare your materials:
           - Unofficial Transcript: Avalable under the "View Unofficial Transcript" link in the Grades tab of 
           - Project Proposal: 750-word essay detailing how this study abroad experience fits into your
             academic work at Harvard College, saved in PDF format.
           - Apply for transfer credit (see above).
           - Proof of acceptance to program or evidence of application, saved in PDF format.
           - Enroll in Direct Deposit: Enroll via your term bill by following these instructions. Take a screen
             shot of your "Direct Deposit Enrollment Receipt" and save as a PDF. 
        3) Submit your materials.
        4) Complete the OCS Funding Application for Non-Harvard Study Abroad Programs using the 
            Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) by February 7, 2019 at
           5:00 pm

Financial Aid Loans

If you receive grant financial aid during the academic year and will be earning academic credit, consider applying for a low-interest loan through the Financial Aid Office.

Outside Awards

If you are a U.S. citizen, there are opportunities to support your summer study abroad with federally funded grants:

Boren Scholarships fund summer study abroad programs at least 8 weeks in length for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concentrators.

Critical Language Scholarships provide full funding for intensive instruction in languages critical to national security. 

Gilman Scholarships support Federal Pell Grant recipients pursuing credit-bearing study abroad opportunities preferably in non-traditional locations.