Data Science or Computational Science and Engineering


At Harvard IACS, 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 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (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 will become eligible for additional 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.


IACS Funding

IACS awards 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 $5000 to $20,000. Applications for these scholarships open in the Spring semester.


IACS 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.

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External Funding

Amazon Robotics Day One Fellowships

In 2021, Amazon Robotics launched Day One Fellowships for master's students at Stanford University, MIT, and Harvard University from under-represented backgrounds.  In 2022, the fellowship was expanded to include master's programs at Boston University, Brown University, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This fellowship opportunity is expected to be available again in 2023 from Amazon Robotics, and students from under-represented backgrounds who are U.S. citizens and are accepted to the Harvard data science or computational science and engineering degree programs will be eligible to apply for a Day One fellowship upon acceptance.  For more information, contact Erin Erhart, IACS Manager for student engagement and programs.



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.