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 closely aligned with one or more of the center's research programs?

The M-RCBG contact is Susan Gill,; 617.495-9379. Please note that grants to individual students are taxable.

Winter travel 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; the same selection criteria are listed above. Most grants are about $1000. A list of students and sample PAE/SYPA projects that M-RCBG helped to support in past years can be found
here. The deadline to submit proposals for funding winter travel, when students generally undertake PAE and SYPA research, is October 25, 2017. 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 or CV (for each partner)

Please use the school's winter funding common application to apply.

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 2015 can be found 
here, and students' reports from 2015 internships can be found here. The deadline for applying for 2018 summer internship funding is 9:00 am on March 26, 2018. Please apply through the HKS summer application website. Your application should include the following components:

  • Resume or CV
  • Budget
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter of recommendation from a Harvard faculty member familiar with your work. You may submit your letter along with your other application materials, or ask the person recommending you to send it directly to

Conferences and journals
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

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 2017-18 academic year is May 4, 2018 at noon. Please bring a hard copy of your thesis, readers' comments, CV, and this
application form to Susan Gill, Belfer 501, HKS.  


dhruva.bhat.and.john.haigh.jpg 2017 John Dunlop Undergraduate Thesis Prize winner, Dhruva Bhat with M-RCBG co-director John Haigh.