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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:
Summer internship grants
M-RCBG 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 about $1000. A list of summer internships M-RCBG helped to support in 2014 can be found here, and students' reports from their internships can be found here. The deadline for applying for summer internship funding is March 31, 2015. Please apply through the HKS summer application website. Your application should include the following components:
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). As with summer internship grants, funding is competitive, and the same selection criteria apply. Most grants are about $1000. 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 proposals for winter funding, when students generally undertake PAE and SYPA research, was October 29, 2014. Please apply through the HKS common application website. Your application should include the following components:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 Jun Shepard (pictured here with M-RCBG Co-Director John Haigh) is the winner of the 2013-2014 John T. Dunlop Prize in Business and Government for her thesis: "The Business of Energy Policy: Analyzing the Impacts of Policies and Businesses on Solar Electricity Rates in Massachusetts."