Foreign Language Study Grants

For Harvard graduate students only.

Foreign language study grants are available to students for summer language-study abroad after their G1, G2, or G3 years. Applicants must show the importance of the foreign language for their research, and the grant must be used for an intensive language program lasting at least six weeks.


Grants cover up to $4,000 of actual course tuition cost plus a stipend of $2,500. Room, board, travel, or costs other than tuition will not be covered.

Who Is Eligible

Students in doctoral or similar advanced degree programs at any of Harvard's academic departments or professional schools may apply. United States citizens and permanent residents must demonstrate that they have applied (or were not eligible) for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) award. Grant recipients must conduct their language study outside of the United States.


Recipients must be able to demonstrate the importance of language study for their research.

How to Apply

The application, an electronic system in CARAT, is a standard application form used by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and several other Harvard centers and departments which can be found on the GSAS Fellowships website. Submit your entire application and upload the required components to CARAT. You do not need to provide a paper copy as well because the Weatherhead Center will download your application from CARAT (including the letters if they have been uploaded). Your letter writers can upload their letters directly to CARAT unless they have already emailed your letters to Clare Putnam at the Weatherhead Center.


February 13, 2015