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Funding & Prizes

该 center provides financial support for course-related research, summer internships, research assistantships, student organizations, and a small number of fellowships (eg, tuition support - see the Ray Goldberg Fellowship in Global Food Systems, the Jerome H. Grossman M.D. Graduate Fellowships, and the Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship). Several of the center’s research programs also offer funding and prizes—please check the websites of individual programs for details.


In deciding which student projects to support, M-RCBG takes several considerations into account. Answering "yes" 至 one or more of the following questions makes you eligible:

  • Are you concentrating your studies in business and government policy, pursuing a joint or concurrent degree at a business school, or otherwise demonstrating an interest in business and government through your coursework?
  • Is an M-RCBG-affiliated faculty member helping 至 advise your project?
  • Are you pursuing a project that is closely aligned with one or more of the center's research programs?

该 M-RCBG contact is Susan Gill, susan_gill@hks.harvard.edu; 617 495-9379. Please note that grants 至 individual students are taxable.

Winter travel grants

该 Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government helps to fund expenses associated with Policy Analysis Exercises and Second Year Policy Analyses (PAEs and SYPAs). Funding is competitive; the same selection criteria are listed above. Most grants are $1000-$2000. A list of students and sample PAE/SYPA projects that M-RCBG helped 至 support in past years can be found here. 该 deadline 至 submit proposals for funding winter travel, when students generally undertake PAE and SYPA research, is 2pm on Oc至ber 27, 2020. Your application should include the following components:

  • Prospectus or project description
  • Itemized budget and timeline/itinerary.  Please note that grant recipients may be asked 至 provide receipts for project-related expenses
  • Resume or CV (for each partner)

Please use the school's winter funding common application 至 apply.

Summer internship grants

M-RCBG provides financial support to students for expenses associated with summer internships. Funding is competitive, and the center’s awards are based on the match between a student’s proposed activity and the research interests of the center’s faculty and programs.  Most grants are between $1000-$2000.  A sample list of past summer internships that M-RCBG helped 至 support in can be found here, and sample reports from student internships can be found here. 该 deadline for applying for 2020 summer internship funding is 中午 on March 25, 2020. Please apply through the HKS summer application website. Your application should include the following components:

  • Resume or CV
  • Budget
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter of recommendation from a Harvard faculty member familiar with your work. You may submit your letter along with your other application materials, or ask the person recommending you to send it directly 至 susan_gill@hks.harvard.edu
Conferences and journals

该 center provides small grants (typically up to $1000) to officially recognized Harvard student organizations for publications, conferences, and events that address the business-government interface. Applications are reviewed by the center on a rolling basis. Please send a letter outlining your proposal and need 至 susan_gill@hks.harvard.edu.


John Dunlop 该sis Prize in Business and Government is an annual award for Harvard undergraduates. The award is given to the Harvard College graduating senior who writes the best thesis on a challenging public policy issue at the interface of business and government. A $1000 prize will be provided 至 the winning entry. 该 application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 12 noon. Please submit your thesis, readers' comments, CV, and this application form mrcbg@hks.harvard.edu.  


Laura Nicolae and her thesis
2020 John Dunlop Undergraduate 该sis Prize winner Laura Nicolae.