Provided that satisfactory progress is maintained, all students admitted to the program receive full financial support for six academic years, including summers through the end of the G6 academic year (note: the academic year ends on May 31st). Financial support includes full tuition and fees, a competitive stipend, and health insurance.  The 2020-2021 OEB stipend rate is $40,632 ($3,386/month). Information on student health insurance can be found at Harvard University Student Health Programs. Financial support is awarded on a 12-month basis, enabling students to pursue their research throughout the year.

The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology meets the financial needs of its graduate students through a combination of tuition grants, stipends, teaching fellowships, and research assistantships. In addition, OEB students are particularly successful in securing fellowships, grants, and other sources of external funding as part of their financial support and professional development.

The standard funding package includes:

  • Grant toward tuition and fees—paid in full for years 1 through 6
  • A combination of stipend, teaching fellowships, and/or research assistantships during years 1 through 6 to cover living expenses