Finances

All PiN students (both domestic and international) receive full funding for the duration of their enrollment.  Funding includes full tuition and fees, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses.  (For the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016, the stipend is $36,720/year.)

 

Domstic students need to be aware that for at least the first two years of enrollment, their stipend is not considered "earned wages" by the Internal Revenue Service.  This means that (1) the student will not receive a W-2 at the end of the calendar year for figuring out taxes in April, and (2) income tax will not be withheld from the stipend check, so nearly all domestic students must file quarterly tax returns.

 

Incoming students receive from DMS $1000 in "move-in" or "laptop" funds upon matriculation. Students also receive from DMS $600 in travel funds, to be used to attend professional conferences during the course of their enrollment.  Finally, GSAS provides each Ph.D. student at Harvard $2,500 in professional development funds after the student has passed the preliminary qualifying examination.

 

For students who are also parents, there is a childcare scholarship available through the Division of Medical Sciences.  The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences also provides financial support for expectant parents.

 

Students are not permitted to accept outside employment while they are enrolled in the program.  The exception to this rule is serving as a teaching assistant, teaching fellow, or tutor:  Students who have  successfully passed the Preliminary Qualifying Examination and have maintained a gradepoint average of B or better, and have received permission of their advisor, may serve as a teaching assistant.  Since PiN does not have a teaching requirement, students who work as TAs receive financial compensation, usually somewhere between $1,000 to $5,000 per semester, depending on the demands of the course.

 

Students are encouraged to apply for grants and fellowships as part of their training as graduate students.  The Division of Medical Sciences provides staff help to students in locating possible fellowships.

 


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