Current Benefits for Students

In addition to receiving full tuition and stipend support, all students in the Division of Medical Sciences program are eligible for the following benefits through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and DMS. The list here is to highlight the many resources that are available to you as a graduate student.


Financial Aid


Tuition & Stipend

All students, regardless of citizenship, that matriculate to one of the DMS PhD programs are fully funded while registered as a full time graduate student in GSAS. This support covers both tuition and stipend.

Health Insurance Students are eligible to enroll in the Harvard Univesity Student Health Plan (HUSHP). Students are not responsible for paying the yearly health fee.
Education Expense Allowance Upon matriculation to DMS, all students are given a one time $1,000 allowance to purchase supplies


Student Health Benefits

Below is a summary of the benefits offered with the Harvard University Student Health Program. Please refer to their website to learn more about these benefits.



The Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) is comprised of 2 parts:


  • The Student Health Fee covers most services on campus at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), including internal medicine, medical specialty care, mental health services, physical therapy, radiology, and urgent care.
  • The Student Health Insurance Plan is a PPO plan providing hospital/specialty coverage both in- and out-of-network through Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts. Coverage includes: ambulatory surgery, radiology services, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, diagnostic lab services, prescription drug coverage, limited specialty and mental health care outside of HUHSYou may enroll your eligible dependents in HUSHP, the online application and rates will be available at hushp.harvard. edu
Dental Coverage Dental Blue, administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is an optional dental plan that covers routine cleanings and some restorative services.
Prescription Drug Plan Prescription drug coverage is included in the Student Health Insurance Plan, and there is no dollar limit on this benefit. Prescriptions may be filled at the HUHS Pharmacy or any OptumRx-participating pharmacy throughout the United States.
Mental Health Coverage
  • The Student Health Fee covers mental health visits at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). There is no visit limit at HUHS; the number of visits is based on medical necessity as determined by the provider.
  • The Student Health Insurance Plan covers mental health inpatient and outpatient services outside of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS).
Vision Care The Student Health Fee offers coverage for routine and non-routine vision care. You can access vision care services at HUHS.
Travel Coverage Students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan are covered throughout the United States and abroad.
Maternity Maternity services include all medical care related to pregnancy and childbirth. There is no visit limit when you receive maternity care from obstetricians, gynecologists, or nurse midwives.
Wellness Benefits Weight Loss Reimbursement
Acupuncture and Massage


Family Benefits


Childcare Scholarship

DMS students with children may apply for additional support from the DMS Child Care Scholarship. These funds are paid out twice a year for a maximum of five years.
Parental Accomodations and Financial Support Female and male students enrolled in PhD programs at GSAS who are expecting a child either by adoption or childbirth are eligible for the PAFS program, which pays up to 12 weeks


Career & Professional Development


DMS PATHS Program Many of our students are now pursuing diverse tracks including biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, patent law, consulting, science policy, and education. To support our students' aspirations, we have established an enrichment program, termed "Paths". The basic idea is that students with a common interest will come together in groups to participate in a variety of activities that will serve to prepare and position them for careers in these paths.
DMS Travel Allowance All DMS students receive a one time $600 travel allowance that may be used to attend a meeting or conference.


Student Life Resources

Please visit the GSAS Student Affairs website to keep up to date on all of the resources available to you as a graduate student. Below is just a highlight of what is available to you.



The MBTA Semester Pass Program provides bus, link, and commuter rail passes for the fall and spring terms, October through January and February through May. DMS students can purchase these passes at a 50% discount by completing the MBTA Semester Pass order form online by the appropriate deadlines.
Cultural and Leisure Activities With a Harvard ID:
  • Free admission for you and one guest to Harvard Museums.
  • Access to discounts on a wide range of offerings including theatre, dance, travel, and personal services.
  • Free entrance to the Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem.
Hubway Bike Share Program Travel across Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline using the Hubway, publically shared bikes that can be returned to any of the 140+ stations across the network, including the 12 supported by Harvard. Harvard affiliates are eligible for a discounted annual membership.




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