Important Information for International Applicants

 

The SHBT program is funded primarily by a training grant from the US National Institutes of Health, and the standard fellowships we offer are therefore restricted to citizens or permanent legal residents of the US.  As a result, finding money to support international students presents a challenge.

At the moment, there are basically four options for international students. You may:

1. Pay the program fees (tuition and stipend) yourself for the first two years. After the first two years, SHBT students are supported by their research mentors and funding is no longer an issue.

2. Apply for and be awarded a full scholarship from an international organization---or, more commonly, from your home country---to support your study abroad for the first two or more years. The Harvard International Office might be of help here, but agencies in your own country probably know more.

3. Identify an SHBT research mentor in whose lab you really want to work. If they are equally enthusiastic about you, and if they have the money, then they may be willing to support you starting in year one rather than in year three.  Note, however, that few investigators can afford to make this commitment without knowing you and your interests well (e.g., through first-hand experience gained by working in the lab).

4. For truly exceptional international applicants, the SHBT program may be able to find money (e.g., from donors) to provide support for the first two years (after which, again, you would be supported by your research mentor). This is the most difficult of the four options.

Please note that international applicants to the SHBT program who are not permanent legal residents of the US must complete the Statement of Financial Resources for Graduate Study on the application form. The Statement should discuss your planned means of support for the first two years of study.