Student Funding Opportunities

Research Grants for GSD Students and Scholars

Masters: Our thesis and project-based course Travel and Research Grants provide up to $500 in funding to help offset travel and other research-related expenses for GSD students masters students doing theses and MUP project-based courses with relevance to human health and well-being. Prior recipient work is described here.

Doctoral: For doctoral students we will provide up to $1,000 toward dissertation expenses. We may also, from time to time, fund post-doctoral scholars at the GSD if their work is very closely related to that of the lab.


Applicants are required to submit the following in one PDF:

  • A cover letter stating your name, degree program, type of activity (e.g. thesis
  • A copy of the thesis or dissertation proposal or a brief summary of the project-based course. Independent study projects do qualify if they count as PBCs in the MUP.
  • A resume or CV
  • An unofficial transcript
  • An itemized budget and timeline/itinerary for the proposed work
  • The names of one or two faculty familiar with the work.

At the end students should prepare a brief description for posting on a web site.

Proposals will be judged according to quality of the proposal, relevance to the topic of health and well-being, prior engagement with the topic of healthy places (e.g. via coursework, internships and work experience, student group activities), and in terms of whether the funding will make a real difference to the project.

GSD students should apply directly via Harvard’s CARAT system. Applications are due at the end of each month, and reviewed within three weeks. Please also email Ann Forsyth to say you are applying ([email protected]).

For more information contact Ann Forsyth ([email protected]).