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The center provides financial support for student 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.
Summer internships and research support
The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government provides financial support to students for expenses associated with summer internships and 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. The M-RCBG contact is Jennifer Nash, firstname.lastname@example.org; 617.495.9379. Most grants are in the range of $500-2000. Please note that grants to individual students are taxable.
In deciding what student projects to support, M-RCBG takes several considerations into account. Answering "yes" to one or more of the following questions makes you eligible:
The deadline for applying for summer internship funding is March 31, 2014. Please apply through the HKS summer application website, which will become active in mid-March. A list of summer internships M-RCBG helped to support in 2013 can be found here.
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, Associate Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, email@example.com, or call 617.495.9379.
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 $500 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.
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."