HDS Student Conference Fund

The HDS Student Conference Fund exists to facilitate the scholarly engagement of HDS degree candidates by supporting their participation in academic and professional conferences or workshops which are external to Harvard University and related to their field of study.


Students in good standing who have completed at least one semester of full-time study at HDS are eligible to apply. The competitive selection process gives preference to students who will be presenting papers, serving on panels, convening sessions and/or interviewing for academic positions.

Award Amount

Awards can be up to $500 and are applicable to travel costs and registration fees only (not lodging or other expenses). Individual students applying to attend multiple conferences are eligible to receive a maximum of $500 in reimbursements per academic year.

Application Deadlines

Summer and fall 2022 awards
Deadline: Noon, Monday, September 26, 2022
Notifications: Monday, October 17, 2022

Winter and spring 2023 awards
Deadline: Noon, Monday, February 6, 2023
Notifications: Monday, February 27, 2023

Preference is given to students who will be giving papers, serving as panelists, convening conference sessions, and/or interviewing for academic positions. Only conferences occurring between June 30 and December 31, 2022, are eligible for Summer/Fall funding and only conferences between January 1, 2023, and June 1, 2023, are eligible for Winter/Spring funding. All granted reimbursements for these time periods must occur before June 30, 2023.


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In completing the application you will need to provide:

  • A copy of your HDS transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable).
  • Documentation of acceptance of your paper or other relevant participation.
  • Documentation of costs for registration.
  • The name of an HDS faculty member who can speak to the quality of your work and the relevance of the conference to your field of study. We will contact the faculty member only if the Fellowships Committee has questions about your application.

The application and selection process is managed by the Office of Career Services with application decisions made by the HDS Fellowships Committee.


Questions may be directed to the HDS Office of Career Services at 617.496.3313 or careers@hds.harvard.edu.