Funding & Prizes

The center provides financial support for summer internships, course-related research, research assistantships, as well as grants to student organizations.  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" to one or more of the following questions makes you eligible:

  • Are you concentrating your studies in business, government, and 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 to advise your project?
  • Are you pursuing a project that is of interest to one or more of the center's research programs?  

The M-RCBG contact is Jennifer Nash, jennifer_nash@harvard.edu; 617.495.9379.  Please note that grants to individual students are taxable

Summer internship grants
The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government 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 in the range of $500-2000.  A list of summer internships M-RCBG helped to support in 2013 can be found here.

The deadline for applying for summer internship funding was March 31, 2014.  Please apply through the HKS summer application website.  Your application should include the following components:

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose: What your work over the summer will entail and how it will advance your goals
  • Budget
  • Transcript (unofficial)
  • Letter of recommendation from an HKS faculty member familiar with your work.  This letter is strongly encouraged but not required.  Please ask the person recommending you to send their letter directly to jennifer_nash@harvard.edu

In addition, all applicants must complete the following documents.  These forms will need to be dropped off to Jennifer Nash at M-RCBG, Belfer 501, by the application deadline, March 31, 2014.

In the event that you are awarded summer internship funding from M-RCBG, submission of these documents ensures that your award check is processed prior to your departure.  Thank you for your cooperation! 

Research grants
M-RCBG also helps to fund expenses associated with Policy Analysis Exercises and Second Year Policy Analyses (PAEs and SYPAs).  As with summer internships, funding is competitive, and the same selection criteria apply. A list of students and PAE/SYPA projects that M-RCBG helped to support in 2013-14 can be found here.  The deadline to submit winter funding proposals was October 30, 2013.

Grants to student organizations
The center provides small grants (typically up to $500) 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 to Jennifer Nash, jennifer_nash@harvard.edu.

Prizes
The John Dunlop Thesis 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 to the winning entry.  Application deadline: May 9, 2014 at noon. Please bring a hard copy of your thesis, readers' comments, CV, and this application form to Jennifer Nash, Belfer 501, HKS.

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The 2012-13 M-RCBG scholarship recipients with Prof. Richard Zeckhauser (far right) and M-RCBG Co-Director John Haigh (far left). They include (from left): Will Sentance, Tugay Yilmaz, and Claire Markgraf. The fourth recipient, Mariya Krasteva, is not pictured.

Graduating senior Trung Nguyen (pictured here with M-RCBG Co-Director John Haigh) is the winner of the 2011-2012 John T. Dunlop Prize in Business and Government for her thesis: "It is Easy to be Brave from a Safe Distance: Distance to the SEC and Insider Trading."