Financing the Degree

Financing your Master's Degree in Data Science or Computational Science and Engineering

Students typically finance their master’s degree program with a combination of loans, savings, family support, grants (from governments, foundations and companies), fellowships and scholarships. We recommend you visit the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Harvard Griffin GSAS) Funding and Financial Aid website prior to your application to learn more about your options.

Once you have been accepted into the Data Science or Computational Science and Engineering master's degree program, you may become eligible for additional sources of funding:

Teaching Fellowships

Approximately 15% of our students are paid Teaching Fellows, usually in the second year, but sometimes in the first year, based on experience. Teaching compensation is paid out at Harvard graduate student rates.

Learn more about Teaching Fellowships

Program Funding

The DS and CSE programs at Harvard award scholarships from an anonymous donor's annual gift. These awards are currently primarily distributed to students to fund part of the research year doing a master’s thesis. Awards have typically ranged from $5,000 to $20,000. Applications for these scholarships open in the spring semester.

The program is currently working with others at Harvard, and externally, to improve financial aid options for incoming students, including students from under-represented populations. We recommend that you check this page frequently for more information as we are updating this page and our resources regularly.

External Funding

Here below are some additional specific opportunities from external funders that our Graduate Advisory Committee (student-run) has identified. Please check for deadlines; some are as early as December.