Post-Baccalaureate Program

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Research Scholar Initiative, will hosts post-baccalaureate students. This program aims to provide a bridge to graduate education in STEM for students interested in gaining additional skills and enhancing their preparation for graduate education in engineering and applied sciences. Eligible students will be preparing to graduate from undergrad or have graduated within the last three years. Students will participate in a two-year post-baccalaureate training program in which they will engage in extensive research experience, have access to academic courses, and attend professional development opportunities.

Research Areas: Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering (Please see examples of faculty mentors and projects below)

Program Benefits:

  • Mentored research assistantship in a Harvard SEAS faculty member lab
  • Weekly academic/professional development sessions
  • Undergraduate/graduate coursework as needed
  • Access to Harvard University resources, including faculty, libraries, software, and tutoring
  • Full funding, including a stipend, health insurance, and tuition
  • Graduate application preparation coaching
  • Funding to attend one conference each academic year
  • Opportunity to engage with Harvard Centers and Institutes

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  • Completed bachelor's degree by the start date of the program (July), but no more than three years before you apply to the program.
  • A desire to apply to a PhD program upon completion of the program
  • Research Interests that align with a SEAS faculty member (please see below for examples of projects)
  • US citizen or permanent resident
Examples of Faculty Mentors and Projects
Michael P. Brenner
Michael Brenner
Our lab groups research topic is "Self replicating and autocatalytic digital magnetic polymers". The research area is theoretical and computational material science with machine learning. We welcome applications from students with some background in computational science or machine learning. We also welcome students with a background in science and python and have an interest in learning about the uses of machine learning.
Gage Hills
Gage Hills
Our nano-design research group is actively developing the next generation of energy-efficient computing systems, by combining new technology advances in nanomaterials, devices, systems, computer architectures, and integration techniques. Example nanomaterials include 1-dimensional carbon nanotubes or 2-dimensional materials, devices may include new types of transistors/memories or photonic devices, and integration techniques we're exploring include monolithic three-dimensional integration, where multiple layers of these circuit devices can be fabricated directly on top of each other to realize massive system-level energy-efficiency benefits for next-generation computing systems. Our work spans a wide range of disciplines from material science, to electrical engineering, to computer science, and we're open to exploring innovative projects related to any of these disciplines - and don't be shy to ask questions about new project directions!
Photo of Salil Vadhan
Salil Vadhan
My research areas include computational complexity, cryptography, randomness in computation, and data privacy. Our lab group welcomes privacy-oriented students to join research of the interdisciplinary Privacy Tools Project ( and OpenDP ( We also welcome theory-oriented students to join our wider theoretical computer science research group (
Conor Walsh, Paul A. Maeder Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Conor Walsh

Our research group is interested in robotics, specifically the development of wearable devices that enhance, track, and rehabilitate human capabilities. We welcome applications from students with a background in mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering with some experience in engineering design and prototyping (through any of those disciplines).  

Rob Wood
Our research group is interested in robotics, specifically the development of autonomous devices for recording audio and other data from whales. We welcome applications from students with a background in mechanical or electrical engineering with some experience in engineering design and prototyping (either in the electrical or mechanical domains).  


Application Materials

To request an application for the 2024-2025 academic year, please complete this interest formApplications for the 2024-2025 academic year are due by February 1, 2024.

  • Student Application
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcript

If you know of any students who may be interested in this opportunity, please email, and we will reach out to the student.