Generally, incoming students, unless they are self-supporting, are offered a full financial aid package. Each package includes six years of tuition, plus a stipend in years one and two and guaranteed teaching in years three and four to cover cost-of-living expenses. In addition, incoming students receive four summer research grants, thus providing support over a twelve-month period for the first four years. The sixth tuition payment occurs in the final year and is funded by a guaranteed dissertation completion fellowship, which covers tuition and pays a full stipend.
A student must be in good standing and making satisfactory progress toward the degree to be eligible for financial support.
After the first two years of graduate study students are eligible and expected to teach in the Slavic Department, the General Education program, or in other related Harvard programs. In addition to such support, students are encouraged to apply for appropriate Harvard and outside fellowships, and departmental research assistantships.
More information about financial aid and a variety of fellowships available to graduate students can be found at:
Research and travel funding for the summer is available from Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, as well as outside agencies such as: