Funding & Prizes

The center provides financial support for course-related research, summer internships, 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 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 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,; 617.495.9379. Please note that grants to individual students are taxable.

Research grants
The 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, 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 about $1000. A list of students and PAE/SYPA projects that M-RCBG helped to support in 2014-15 can be found here.  The deadline to submit proposals for funding winter travel, when students generally undertake PAE and SYPA research, is October 28, 2015 at 5:00pm. Please apply through the HKS common application website, which will be available starting October 19. Your application should include the following components:

  • Prospectus or project description
  • Itemized budget and timeline/itinerary.  Please note that grant recipients may be asked to provide receipts for project-related expenses
  • Resume (for each partner)
  • HKS transcript (for each partner; unofficial is fine)
  • Assumption of Risk and General Release Form (required for all students traveling internationally)

Summer internship grants
M-RCBG provides financial support to students for expenses associated with summer internships. As with research grants, funding is competitive, and the same selection criteria apply. Most grants are about $1000.  A list of summer internships M-RCBG helped to support in 2015 can be found here, and students' reports from 2015 internships can be found here.  The deadline for applying for 2015 summer internship funding was March 30, 2015 at 9:00am. Please apply through the HKS summer application website. Your application should include the following components:

  • Statement of purpose: What your work over the summer will entail and how it will advance your goals
  • Budget
  • Resume or CV
  • 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
  • Assumption of Risk and General Release form

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,

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. The application deadline for the 2014-15 academic year was May 8, 2015 at noon. Please bring a hard copy of your thesis, readers' comments, CV, and this application form to Jennifer Nash, Belfer 501, HKS.

The 2013-14 M-RCBG scholarship recipients with Prof. Richard Zeckhauser (far right) and M-RCBG Co-Director John Haigh (far left). They include (from left): Andre de Haes, Siri Uotila, and Will Sentence.

Graduating senior Jeffrey Wang (pictured here with M-RCBG Co-Director John Haigh) is the winner of the 2015 John T. Dunlop Prize in Business and Government for his thesis: "Asset Managers and Financial Instability: Evidence of Run Behavior and Run Incentives in Corporate Bond Funds."