Research Opportunities and Funding

• Look below to find summer and term-time Harvard research opportunities on campus and abroad.
• For summer programs at other sites, see Summer Programs Away in the tab on the right.
• For selected undergraduate science research opportunities at Harvard, see the Undergraduates: Open Research Positions & Projects tab on the right.


Harvard College Funding Sources Database - Database of both Harvard and outside funding sources for a variety of educational purposes, including research. Can search by keyword, location, term, class year, and more.



The Harvard Student Employment Office manages a Jobs Database, the Faculty Aide Program and the Federal Work Study Program. All of these programs may offer student research assistant opportunities. The site also provides information about Job Search Resources and Research Opportunities.



 CARAT – CARAT (Common Application for Research and Travel) is used by all the major funding sources at Harvard.



Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) – Summer (or term time) stipend. Applications from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at 77 Dunster Street.

Deadlines: Spring term funding: February 1, 2017 12pm noon; Summer funding: March 29, 2017 12pm noon



Dean's Summer Research Awards

The Dean’s Summer Research Awards are designed to give rising seniors who receive financial aid the opportunity to devote the summer to thesis research. The awards provide students who have already received an HCRP grant to pursue thesis research with an additional grant (up to $1k) to cover the summer savings requirement of their financial aid packages. Grants are applied to a students’ term bill and are not awarded as cash. Awards are announced in June after the financial aid award for the next academic year has been calculated.  Students will be notified at that time.



PRISE – The Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) is a summer residential community of Harvard undergraduates conducting research in science or engineering. By the application deadline students must be progressing toward finding a lab or research group but do not need to have finalized their research group or project. Participants must be in residence and be active participants for the entire duration of this ten week program.

Deadline: February 14, 2017



Herchel Smith-Harvard Undergraduate Science Research Program – Primarily directed toward students intending to pursue research-intensive concentrations and post-graduate study in the sciences. Undergraduate research either at Harvard or elsewhere, including internationally. Applications from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

Deadline: February 9, 2017



Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program -- The Amgen Scholars Program at Harvard is a 10-week faculty-mentored residential summer research program  in biotechnology for sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors, or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies)

Deadline: February 1, 2017



Harvard Origins of Life Initiative

Research Grants:  Harvard undergraduates can apply for grants of up to $2,000 to support their research during the academic year.

Summer Undergraduate Program: Summer Undergraduate Research Grants of up to $5,000 are available for undergraduates working in Origins member faculty on Origins-related projects. Possible research areas include astronomy, astrophysics, chemical biology, geophysics, chemistry, genetics, and earth and planetary sciences. 

Summer Program Deadline: March 11, 2016



iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team - The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team is a research experience targeted toward undergraduates interested in synthetic biology and biomolecular engineering. All disciplines are welcome (past members have concentrated in compsci, the life sciences, chemistry, engineering, philosophy, etc.). iGEM represents a unique opportunity to design biological systems for specific tasks at the molecular and organismal scale, model them computationally, and engineer and test them experimentally. In this student-driven experience, a team of undergraduates will decide on a research direction that interests them under the guidance of a mentoring staff that includes a Harvard faculty member and several graduate students/postdocs. The team will work on the project in lab throughout the summer and will be trained in all necessary techniques. The competition in the fall provides a forum where students can meet other like-minded researchers from Harvard and across the globe, and survey the most innovative and exciting ideas in the fields of synthetic biology and biomolecular engineering. [This opportunity is compatible with PRISE and HCRP, please apply concurrently] 


Deadline: January 27, 2017


Mind, Brain, Behavior – Summer Thesis Awards for rising seniors in the MBB track. Applications through MBB.

If interested, contact Shawn Harriman in March of your junior year.



Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP) – for students interested in stem cell biology research. Students conduct research in labs affiliated with the HSCI. Accepted students are matched with a research laboratory group. or any college or university across the United States and internationally.  Harvard University will sponsor the visas for international students who are selected for this program.

Deadline: Application cycle will open on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and will close on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.



FAS Systems Biology/Bauer Fellowship - Sponsored by the FAS Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University. Interns will work on research projects in the labs of the Bauer Fellows and Systems Biology faculty whose work spans many fields of science, from biology (including systems biology, biophysics, boinformatics and genomics) to applied mathematics and computation. Interns will have the opportunity to learn a range of cutting-edge genomics or bioinformatics techniques in the exciting and dynamic research environment at the FAS Center for Systems Biology and the Department for Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Underrepresented minority students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Deadline: 11:59pm EST on February 1, 2017.


Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM) - an introduction to nephrology (kidney medicine) for the undergraduates considering career paths spanning science and medicine. The Program includes nephrology divisions of four Harvard-affiliated hospitals – Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston’s Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Deadline: December 31, 2016


BCMP Summer Scholars Program at Harvard University is organized by the The Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (BCMP) at Harvard Medical School. This 10-week program is open to both Harvard undergraduates and to students from other colleges and universities. Students must be authorized to work in the United States.

Rolling admissions: Application portal for 2017 internship will be opening starting December 15th, 2016. 


Planetary Health Undergraduate Scholars Fellowship Program - Planetary health is an interdisciplinary field focused on understanding and quantifying the human health impacts of the accelerating transformation of most of Earth’s natural systems including the climate system, land use and land cover, and marine systems (for more details, see here). Selected scholars will 1) receive training in planetary health science during; 2) travel to Madagascar to receive hands-on experience in planetary health research (summer 2017); and 3) learn how to create policy impact by preparing presentations, capstone reports, or policy briefs on the research undertaken in Madagascar. Our desire is that students from across the FAS campus engage in this fellowship program, including anthropology, African studies, computer science, ecology, environmental science, global health, economics, government, visual studies, medicine, and journalism. The team of selected scholars will be advised by Dr. Christopher Golden, who is the Associate Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, a Research Scientist at the School of Public Health. During the Spring 2017 semester, the team will be conducting background research and preparing for the summer field research in Madagascar. For a brief video synopsis of the work (and to see the beautiful area where you will be working!), please see National Geographic’s 3-minute video. To apply please submit a 1 page cover letter and CV to Dr. Golden at The cover letter should include information about your disciplinary background, why you are interested in this fellowship, and how you hope to engage in planetary health science in the future. Questions? Please e-mail Dr. Golden. For more details about the program, click here.

Deadline: October 20, 2016.

Benefits: Travel expenses, $1000 stipend, $150 for professional development, mentorship.


Undergraduate Summer Immunology Program at Harvard Medical School - a ten week summer research internship with a stipend. The program consists of laboratory research, lectures, and workshops and is open to Harvard undergraduates and students from other colleges and universities. Applicants must be eligible for employment in the US.

Deadline: January 20, 2017.


Microbial Sciences Initiative - Summer research with Harvard Faculty. Email applications to Dr. Karen Lachmayr.

Deadline: Thursday, February 16, 2017



Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health (SURGH) offers Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to research critical issues in global health under the direction of a Harvard faculty or affiliate mentor. Students in SURGH receive housing in the Harvard Undergraduate Research Village and a stipend for living expenses. The summer savings requirement is also provided for students who are on financial aid. Throughout the summer, participants in SURGH have the opportunity to interact with students in the other on-campus research programs (PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP). They learn from each other and from professionals in the global health field through weekly multidisciplinary seminars. This joint programming facilitates connections to other areas of science and social science beyond just those traditionally considered the “health” sphere. Students also present their research findings at the conclusion of the program. All returning Harvard College undergraduates (current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) are eligible to apply for a SURGH placement. 

Deadline: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 5:00 PM


Domestic and Global Health Fellowships (DGHI) offers Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to work in field-based and office-based internships in both US health policy and global health. Sites can be domestic or international. Students receive a stipend to cover travel expenses to and from their site, living expenses, and local transportation. Unfortunately DGHI cannot cover the summer savings requirement for students who are on financial aid. All returning Harvard College undergraduates (current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) are eligible to apply for a global health internship placement.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 5:00 PM


Harvard Global Health Institute Funding for Independent Projects and Internships

Funding for projects in the United States and abroad.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 5:00 PM


The Joey Hanzich Memorial Undergraduate Travel and Research Fellowship provides up to $5000 to a rising junior or rising senior enrolled in the Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy (or another field) who pursues a summer internship, project or research in health policy or global health, either in the United States or abroad.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:00PM

Cordeiro Summer Research Fellowship Registered GHHP students may apply for a Cordeiro Summer Research Fellowship for the summer before their senior year. Each year 12 to 15 fellowships allow students to get a head start on their senior theses or research projects related to global health or health policy without incurring major costs to themselves.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:00PM.


Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology HST Summer Institute - The HST Summer Institute offers hands-on research experience for undergraduates in two areas of study: Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Optics. Participating institutions include the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School.

DeadlinesBiomedical Optics: Friday, January 14, 2017. Biomedical Informatics: Saturday, January 30, 2016. 


MCZ Grants-in-Aid for Undergraduate Research -The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (AA) award small grants in support of faculty-supervised research by Harvard College undergraduates.

Please direct all inquiries to Melissa Aja via email or 617.495.2460.

Deadlines: Spring: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Summer: Wednesday, March 29, 2017.


Ernst Mayer Travel Grants in Animal Systematics

Proposals are reviewed two times a year. Please direct all inquiries to Melissa Aja via email or 617.495.2460

Deadlines: October 15 and April 1


The Arnold Arboretum: Fellowships are available to support undergraduate research


Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology - The Harvard Forest Summer Research (REU) program is an intensive 11-week residential research and education experience at the Harvard Forest, a 3,700-acre outdoor laboratory and classroom in central Massachusetts. Students conduct research on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species. The program includes a $5500 stipend, free housing, all meals, and the travel cost of one round trip to Harvard Forest. This program is open to not only Harvard undergraduates, but also students from all colleges and universities in the United States.

The online application system opens in December.

Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017, 11:59PM EST.


Harvard University Center for the Environment Undergraduate Fund provides financial support for student research projects related to the environment. In the context of this program, 'environment' refers to understanding the relationships and balances of the natural and constructed world around us, with a particular emphasis on understanding how anthropogenic activities and policies affect the environment, including the intimate relationships between energy use and demand, environmental integrity and quality, human health, and climate change.  Two types of funding are available: 1) Funds for independent research (preference given to rising seniors seeking funds for senior honors thesis research) and 2) Research Assistantships (directed summer research experiences under Harvard faculty guidance). Award amounts for summer research opportunities are typically between $500-$3,500, and are intended to be applied towards living expenses (room, board), travel expenses related to research activities, and minor research expenses (for students doing independent research projects) for up to 10 weeks.  Awards are not intended to serve as a salary stipend for students. 

Contact Eric Simms, Educational Programs Manager
, 617.496.0746


Deadline: March 29, 2017


Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Oceanography: The Harvard Oceanography Committee has funding and fellowships for both term time and summer research. 


Harvard School of Public Health Summer Program in Biological Sciences - This intensive 9 week laboratory-based biological research program is for undergraduate students during the summer following their sophomore or junior year.  Interns apply state-of-the art technology in their own research projects, which focus on biological science questions that are important to the prevention of disease, under the direction of a Harvard faculty member.

Interns receive a generous stipend, travel allowance and free dormitory housing.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. (proof of permanent residency must be provided);
  • Applicants must be from an underrepresented group in graduate research, which includes: first generation college students (neither parent nor legal guardian has a bachelor’s degree); students from an economically disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (requires additional supportive documentation); students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented, such as: blacks or African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders;
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above;
  • Applicants must have a basic science background and have taken several classes beyond intro level courses;
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in public health, specifically laboratory research.

Deadline: February 15, 2017 at 5:00pm EST.



STARS - Summer Training in Academic Reseach Training and Scholarship - STARS provides underrepresented minority (URM) medical and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in exciting basic, clinical and translational research projects during the summer at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Housing and stipend provided.

Deadline: The BWH STARS 2017 Application Period is Now Open until January 19, 2017!


Radcliffe Institute Research Partnership Program -- 

The Radcliffe Institute Research Partnership Program matches students with leading artists, scholars, scientists, and professionals. Radcliffe Fellows act as mentors and students provide research assistance, acquire valuable research skills, and participate in the Institute’s rich intellectual life.

Deadline: September 10, 2016 at 5 p.m.


Harvard School of Public Health Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology

The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 6-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental, and medical research. 

Deadline: February 1, 2017.


MGH Summer Research Trainee Program

The goal of the MGH Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. Each summer, fifteen students are selected from a nationwide competition to join SRTP. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of a Mass General Hospital (MGH) investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student's research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly didactic seminars, both at the MGH and at Harvard Medical School, attend career development workshops and networking event, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

Application deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017.

MGHfC Digestive Disease Summer Research Program

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) with support from National Institutes of Health has established the MGHfC Digestive Disease Summer Research Program.  This program provides short-term support for 10 students at the undergraduate or medical school level. Each student will be matched with a research mentor to perform an independent research project focused on digestive diseases over a 10-week period during the summer months within a laboratory or collaborating laboratory of the MGHfC. MGHfC collaborating laboratories at MGH possess unique expertise in engineering and computational sciences in support of various projects centered on digestive disease research. In addition to conducting an independent research project to be formally presented at a summer’s end symposium, each student will participate in a peer-driven presentation-based biomedical course and a panel discussion on careers in biomedicine. Currently 15 MGH independent investigators with interest in digestive diseases serve as mentors and are willing to host summer students in their laboratories. A wide range of projects and technical training is available through participation in this program as students are matched with faculty based on interest. Research topics include obesity, food allergy, microbial pathogenesis, probiotics, intestinal development and maintenance, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, inflammation, intestinal parasites, and adaptive immunity. Techniques deployed to support research projects include, advanced imaging, microfluidics, molecular biology, computational biology, stem cell biology, immune cell isolation, in vivo modeling, and patient-based clinical research.  The MGHfC Digestive Disease Summer Research Program provides an excellent opportunity for science, math, and engineering students interested in biomedical research.  Contact Dr. Hurley for the list of faculty and their research areas, as well as program details.

Contact: Bryan P. Hurley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Program Director, Mucosal Immunology & Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School,, 617-726-3101, 55 Fruit Street, Jackson 1402, Boston, MA 02114,


Broad Institute at Harvard Summer Program


Broad Summer Research Program
BSRP is a nine-week undergraduate research program designed for students with an interest in genomics and a commitment to research. Students spend the summer in a laboratory at the Broad Institute, engaged in rigorous scientific research under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers. Underrepresented minority students enrolled in a four-year college are eligible to apply.

Broad Summer Scholars Program
BSSP invites a small number of exceptional and mature high school students with a keen interest in science to spend six weeks at the Broad Institute, working side-by-side with scientists in the lab on cutting-edge research. Rising seniors who live within commuting distance to the Broad Institute are eligible to apply.



DaRin Butz Research Internship Program The 2017 internship program runs for 10-weeks between May 22 – July 28, 2017. Interns will conduct research under the mentorship of Arboretum Advisors. Because the relationship between the advisor and the intern is vital for the success of the summer experience, applicants should contact a potential advisor from the below listed research topics as early as possible. The applicant and advisor will discuss potential projects and develop a research project. Projects that focus on any aspect of the biology of plants as it relates to the impact of a changing climate on the environment and that utilize Arboretum resources (e.g. the living collections, herbarium, library, NADP site, research facilities) are preferred. Projects to conduct research off-site will not be funded (e.g. field work not on Arboretum grounds). Applicants will submit a proposal using the online application system. The DaRin Butz Research Internship Program pays a stipend of $4500 for the ten-week period. Arboretum Advisors hosting interns will receive $500 to support the intern’s research expenses.



MGH Orthopedic Trauma Undergraduate Summer Program

The Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Service is a busy pan-campus orthopaedic trauma service with sites at four Harvard-affiliated Level I Trauma Centers: Massachusetts General HospitalBrigham & Women's HospitalBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. We are actively recruiting undergraduates to work with our clinical research team. The main aim of the internship is to provide interns with a basic understanding about clinical research, primarily through providing practical experience. The secondary aim is to provide opportunities for interns to shadow in the clinical environments in order to see what life is like in the hospital setting.

Our clinical research work primarily involves the study of patients who experience orthopaedic injuries and the treatments that help these patients heal from their injuries. As part of this work you will conduct literature searches, interact with research subjects, and collect and/or analyze data. You may provide specific research-related expertise to us depending on your background and interests, or be asked to write up a case report based on a specific finding in the clinical setting. At some point during the summer it is possible that you may become involved with projects not specifically related to clinical research that are of pertinent interest to our clinical team at the time – i.e. quality assurance projects. You will work with all members of our team - including senior and junior orthopaedic faculty, residents, nurses, and research personnel – along with our colleagues from disciplines outside of Orthopedic Surgery.

A key part of the internship is the experiences our interns have in the hospital environment that show them what it is like to work in a hospital and what it can be like to take care of patients. You will be welcomed and encouraged to observe our team in all of the clinical areas in which we work: the operating room; the emergency room; the outpatient clinic; and the inpatient units. You are welcome to attend any conferences or educational forums that are open to residents, attendings, and hospital staff. We will also strongly encourage you to talk with us about any clinical disciplines outside of Orthopaedics that are of interest to you so that we may connect you with faculty and staff who work in these areas.

We are looking for candidates who are curious, flexible, and have the ability to think on their feet. We value candidates who have strong interpersonal skills and like to be part of a team. Candidates should be literate in Microsoft Word, Excel, and have a basic understanding of Microsoft Access. Past experience with clinical research is helpful but not required. We encourage you to apply if you intend to pursue a career in Healthcare, or if you are considering a career in Healthcare.


Summer Research Program, Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital


Summer Student Research Program sponsored by the Harvard Program in Neonatology, an academic program which includes Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). The objective of the Summer Student Research Program is to provide motivated students with an intensive laboratory and clinical research experience under the guidance of Faculty and Fellow mentors from the Academic Program. The Summer Program experience includes:

  • An 8-12 week program of:
    • Observation of newborn care in hospital nurseries, clinics, and NICUs
    • Bench, clinical/translational, or epidemiological research
    • Weekly tutorials
  • Supervision and guidance provided by faculty and fellow mentors

Deadline: January 15, 2017.


Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders (CVDM) Research Center Summer Internship Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital

The BRI Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders (CVDM) Research Center Internship Program is seeking motivated students interested in pursuing biomedical research within the specific areas of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Internship programs at the BRI will provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research training experience in a cutting-edge science laboratory based out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Deadline: February 6, 2017


Infectious and Immunologic Diseases (IID) Research Center Summer Internship Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital

The BWH Infectious and Immunologic Diseases (IID) Research Center Internship Program is seeking motivated students interested in pursuing biomedical research on infectious agents and/or aspects of basic immune responses in inflammatory, infectious and autoimmune diseases. Internship programs at the BRI will provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research training experience in a cutting-edge science laboratory based out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Deadline: February 6, 2017


Musculoskeletal (MSK) Research Center Summer Internship Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital

The BWH Musculoskeletal (MSK) Research Center Internship Program is seeking motivated students interested in pursuing biomedical research within the specific areas of bones, joints, muscles and the disorders that affect them. Internship programs at the BRI will provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research training experience in a cutting-edge science laboratory based out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Deadline: February 6, 2017


Neurosciences Research Center (NRC) Summer Internship Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital

The BRI Neurosciences Research Center (NRC) Internship Program is seeking motivated students interested in pursuing biomedical research on the nervous system and respective disorders at the molecular, cellular, anatomical, translational and functional levels. Internship programs at the BRI will provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research training experience in a cutting-edge science laboratory based out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Deadline: February 6, 2017





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Harvard Summer School Study Abroad in the Sciences

In 2015 Harvard Summer School Science Study Abroad programs will be offered in the Dominican Republic, England, Italy, France, and Japan. See below for links to information on each of these programs.

Deadline: Most Harvard Summer School Study Abroad programs: January 28, 2016.


Darwin and the Origins of Evolutionary Biology - Oxford, England.

Prerequisites: None. Apply through Harvard Summer School.

2016 Dates: July 9 to August 20.

Information: Andrew Berry



RIKEN Center for Allergy and Immunology - Yokohama, Japan.

Laboratory research in immunology. Students will also receive some Japanese language training. Apply through Harvard Summer School.

Accepted students may apply to the Reischauser Institute for scholarships to help defray the costs of the program.

2016 Dates: TBA 



RIKEN Brain Science Institute – Laboratory Research in Neurobiology, Tokyo, Japan.

Prerequisites: Neurobiology of Behavior (MCB 80) or Animal Behavior (OEB 50); laboratory experience preferred but not required. Apply through Harvard Summer School.

Accepted students may apply to the Reischauser Institute for scholarships to help defray the costs of the program.

2016 Dates: TBA


Biodiversity of Hispaniola - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  This six-week course covers basic prinicples of ecology, evolution, and island biogeography in the context of the diversity of habitats and organisms on the island of Hispaniola.

2016 Dates: TBD

Prerequisites: course work in biology

Information: Brian Farrell 


Cognitive Neurosciences at the University of Trento - Trento, Italy.

This eight-week program at the University of Trento, Italy, organized by the Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative, provides students a unique opportunity to study the mind/brain. Taught by leaders in the fields of neuroscience and cognitive science, the program includes daily, hands-on, laboratory sessions (e.g., neuroimaging demos) and Italian language classes, all while surrounded by the breathtaking Italian Alps.

2016 Dates: TBA

Information: Alfonso Caramazza


Study Abroad in Paris, France

Biology and the evolution of Paris as a Smart City.

2016 Dates: June 3-July 31

Information: Robert Lue


Harvard-Bangalore Science Initiative- Bangalore, India. Undergraduates in the life sciences, physical sciences and applied math are encouraged to apply. Students work at one of three research institutes of excellence: 

Note:  This is not a Harvard Summer School Program. 

Prerequisites: Introductory coursework in basic biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

Information: Venkatesh N. Murthy or  Ryan Draft


International Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health (I-SURGH) I-SURGH offers Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge global health research in an international setting. Students in I-SURGH receive a stipend to cover travel costs to and from their site, living expenses, and local transportation. Unfortunately Harvard Global Health Institute cannot cover the summer savings requirement for I-SURGH students who are on financial aid.  Once accepted to their site, participants in I-SURGH meet with a Harvard faculty member to develop a project that falls within the research agenda of the site. Throughout the summer, students work with a local mentor who supervises their daily work. While all returning Harvard College undergraduates are eligible to apply for an I-SURGH placement, preference is given to sophomores and juniors. 


Deadline: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 5:00 PM


The Office of Career Services (OCS) awards funding for research abroad, including both Harvard Summer School Study Abroad and non-Harvard International programs.  The David Rockefeller International Experience Grant, which is a need-based grant aimed at students who have not previously received Harvard international funding, supports many of these awards. Award amounts vary. The purpose of the grant is to afford all students the opportunity to take part in a significant international experience, regardless of financial background. See the Office of Career Services Summer Funding webpage for more information.

Deadline: February 10, 2016 for most non-Harvard programs


Herchel Smith-Harvard Undergraduate Science Research Program – Primarily directed toward students intending to pursue research-intensive concentrations and post-graduate study in the sciences. Undergraduate research either at Harvard or elsewhere, including internationally. Applications from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

Deadline: February 10, 2016


Weissman International Internship – Research abroad for returning Harvard undergraduates. Average award ~$4000. More information and applications available through OCS.

Deadline: See the Office of Careers Summer Funding webpage


Booth Fund Fellowship - For seniors to engage in a program of travel, study, research or observation that will further expand and challenge an existing interest in a particular field. 


Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer Program Impreial College London 

Make friends from across the world and enhance your academic profile on the Revolutions in Biomedicine summer programme. Based in the heart of London, this four-week programme will give you a unique insight into past, present and future biomedical transformations in a hands-on research environment at a leading international university. For more information, please see our programme details page. 

  • Summer 2017: Four-week research-oriented academic programme
  • Applications open in mid October 
  • Dates: 3 July - 28 July 
  • Open to undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates (18+)
  • Parallel social programme
  • Credit: 7.5 ECTS credits (student’s home institution will determine how much credit is awarded)



Rosenkrantz Travel Grants

This grant program is exclusively for concentrators in History and Science.  It allows motivated rising juniors  (who have completed sophomore tutorial) and who are concentrating in history and science to devise a short but meaningful plan of travel and academic discovery in the United States or abroad. This grant program may serve as the first stage of research towards a senior thesis or junior research paper, but there is no requirement that it do so. The only requirement is a sincere passion for adventure and exploration, and a willingness to prepare well for the experience.




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