The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University USA invites applications for a fully funded PhD scholarship for the 2018/2019 academic session.

Engineering Sciences includes Bioengineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering.

Worth of Award

  • All students admitted to the PhD program receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend ($3,069 per month before taxes in 2018-19).
  • Support is independent of need provided a student remains in good academic standing and is making satisfactory progress towards his/her PhD degree.
  • Students are expected to complete their PhD requirements in four to six years.


  • All Ph.D. students are required to participate in the educational program for about ten hours a week for one term-usually as a quarter time teaching fellow or in a similar capacity- during their second year of study.
  • Financial support takes several forms: fellowships, teaching fellowships, and research assistantships. Ordinarily, first-year Ph.D. students are supported with full fellowships so that they can devote all their time to coursework.
  • Beyond the first year, when students are in a better position to teach and assist in research, support is ordinarily provided through research assistantships, or a combination of a teaching fellowship and a research assistantship.
  • During the academic year, full-time students may not accept employment inside or outside the University, other than teaching fellowships or research assistantships that involves a commitment of more than ten hours per week, without special permission.

How to Apply

While there is no perfect set of criteria for admission, they especially look for candidates who,

  • Have a strong interest in and great potential for undertaking research
  • Have excellent grades, e.g., in the range of A to A- in their undergraduate (and if applicable, graduate) programs
  • Have solid preparation in coursework and research experience (e.g., a strong plan of study at a respected university)
  • Have solid letters of recommendation from distinguished faculty and mentors; the strongest letters speak specifically about the applicant’s apptitude for research
  • All prospective graduate students to the PhD program apply to SEAS through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).
  • All students admitted to our Ph.D. program receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend.
  • Applicants who wish to pursue a degree at the Graduate School must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from an institution of recognized standing.
  • Applicants from institutions outside of the US; applicants must hold the equivalent of US bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from institutions of recognized standing (either a three or four year undergraduate degree)

A complete application consists of:

  • Online application form and fee payment ($105)
  • Transcripts uploaded to the application
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • GRE, where required (see individual program of study page for requirements)
  • Demonstration of English proficiency, where required
  • Writing sample, where required

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may request additional academic documents, as needed.

Deadline: application deadline is December 15th (5:00 p.m. EST). Out of fairness to all applicants, late applications are not accepted.

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