PEG PhD candidate Meliheh Paryavi

Tuition & Assistance

2015-2016 tuition and fees

Students must be registered officially from the time they matriculate at Harvard until they complete their doctoral degree. PhD candidates will be required to pay full tuition during their first two years. In years three and four, they are charged tuition at a reduced rate; thereafter, they are charged a facilities fee while in residence.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Tuition and fees $45,264 $45,264 $14,308 $14,308

For more information on tuition and fees, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Science website. Applicants are encouraged to read through the Graduate School of Arts and Science’s Financial Aid for Prospective Students website to learn about possible funding opportunities and how to apply for financial support.



PhD in Political Economy and Government fellowships are need-based, and are awarded to two to five students each year. These fellowships cover tuition and summer support for four years, and include a stipend for their first and second years.

Most students are eligible to receive a living stipend for their first two years. They may also take on research positions and teaching fellowships during their third and fourth years to help finance their studies.

When applying to the program, applicants requiring funding assistance should submit a Financial Aid Application for U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens, and Permanent Residents if their parents or legal guardians live in the United States. Alternatively, they should submit a Financial Aid Application for International Students and Permanent Residents if their parents or legal guardians live outside the United States. For more information about financing your graduate education, visit the financial aid section of the GSAS website.

GSAS fellowships

Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship Office awards fellowships to students when they are writing – or preparing to write – their dissertations at the pre-prospectus stage, post-prospectus stage, and while they are working towards completing their dissertations. GSAS also awards merit-based fellowships to third-year students.

External fellowships

We strongly encourage applicants to research funding opportunities outside Harvard. A number of students have received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program, the Fulbright Program, and the Ford Foundation.

Apply to the PhD in Political Economy and Government Program

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due Tuesday, December 15 by 5 p.m. EST. 

Two information sessions will be held on Monday, September 28 and Monday, October 26 from 4-5 p.m. in Littauer 119 for prospective students to learn more about the program and admissions process.

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