Foreign Language Study Grants

For Harvard graduate students in doctoral programs 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.


The grant provides funding up to $5,000 to be used for tuition, travel costs, and living expenses directly related to the language program. 

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, unless University-imposed travel restrictions are in place.


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

How to Apply

The Weatherhead Center uses an electronic application platform, the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Please read all the instructions on this page as well as in CARAT before beginning your application. Recommenders must upload their letters of recommendation for your application to CARAT. Applicants are encouraged to visit the GSAS Fellowships Office website for information on these grants and similar grants offered by other Harvard funding sources as well as helpful information on writing grant proposals and preparing applications.


February 8, 2023