See Harvard College's Summer 2021 Funding Policy
For the latest information on Harvard College's Summer 2021 Summer Funding Policy, see remoteready.fas.harvard.edu/updates
Harvard College prioritizes the wide distribution of Summer funding to ensure that as many undergraduate students as possible can have a meaningful summer experience. For funded Summer 2021 experiences, students may only apply Harvard University funding to one Summer experience, regardless of duration of time (ex. only four weeks or a part-time effort). Co-funding between multiple sources of funding is permitted only if the funding jointly supports the same Summer experience. This includes students who accept the Harvard Summer School tuition waiver. Those students who accept the HSS waiver may not accept funding for a second Harvard Summer experience.
Exceptions to the Summer Funding Policy are uncommon and will be reviewed on an individual basis; students should make exception requests to their Resident Dean, who will forward on to the Office of Undergraduate Education. All exceptions will be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Education.
Failure to adhere to the Harvard College Summer funding policy may result in a student being referred to the Administrative Board or Honor Council.
Explore Summer 2021 Opportunities
The Office of Career Services (OCS) is here to help you plan for an enriching summer experience.
Currently, Harvard University has suspended university-related domestic and international travel so we are planning that OCS funding will be for all virtual experiences for 2021.
However, it is not too early to start to plan for both virtual and in-person opportunities. Last summer, OCS was able to fund hundreds of students to engage in virtual internships, research, and study, and we plan to fund a similar number this coming summer! See funded opportunities across the university.
To get started thinking about your summer plans, come to a virtual drop-in (M-F, 1-4pm EDT) or sign up for an appointment with an adviser. You can access virtual drop-ins and the appointment calendar using Crimson Careers.
Plan to attend the virtual Summer Programs and Funding Fair on Thursday January 14th to meet representatives from various Harvard centers and departments offering domestic and international research, study, internship, volunteer, and funding opportunities at the largest summer planning event of the year.
We will update this page as more information becomes available regarding potential summer 2021 opportunities. We look forward to helping you land an enriching summer experience!
Who is eligible for OCS Summer Funding?
Students who are:
- In good standing
- Enrolled full-time during Spring 2021
- Plan to enroll in Fall 2021
Important Note on OCS Summer Funding
- Harvard College has stated that students on leave of absence intending to apply for funding in a period subsequent to their leave period (e.g., applying for summer programs and funding after a spring term leave) must reach out to their resident dean to petition the Administrative Board for approval to submit applications. These petitions must be approved prior to preparing an application for submission.
- Any student awarded OCS summer funding can only accept one Harvard source of summer funding
- Students offered full OCS funding for a non-Harvard study abroad program or an approximately eight-week or longer internship or non-credit program may not receive funding from any another Harvard office without written permission from the Office of Career Service. Accepting more than one source of funding takes away opportunities from other students seeking funding.
- Students who accept Harvard summer funding for an internship, research, remote study abroad, or public service experience are not eligible to receive a waiver to enroll in a Harvard Summer School course or vice versa.
- Funding administered by the Office of Career Services is intended to support student travel, lodging and living expenses such as local transportation, food, and incidentals. These generous donor funds may not be used to pay others to provide services such as hiring third-party researchers or clinicians or to purchase goods or services for other individuals or organizations.
- Failure to follow these rules may result in a student being referred to the Administrative Board or Honor Council for an offense.
2019-2020 Navigating Summer Opportunities Guide
(Please note that not all information in this guide is relevant for Summer 2021.)
Summer Funding Advisers
Do you have questions about what to do or where to find summer opportunities? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The OCS Summer Funding advisers help Harvard College undergraduates plan summer experiences and learn how to apply for funding for virtual summer study, international internships, research, and public service.
Come to a workshop, sign up for an appointment through Crimson Careers, and browse the “Navigating Summer Opportunities” guide to learn more!