Students of any gender enrolled in GSAS PhD programs are eligible for the Parental Accommodation and Financial Support (PAFS) program following a childbirth or adoption event.

Eligible GSAS PhD students receive a one-time supplemental stipend payment. This funding is intended to help with the additional expenses associated with a childbirth or adoption event. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the award amount is $6,810.


The contract between Harvard University and the Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU-UAW) Local 5118 establishes a fund of $350,000 annually to subsidize the costs of child care expenses of eligible salaried student workers. Student workers may submit their application for subsidies here.


2021-2022 Dates & Deadlines:

Application due October 8th

Payments awarded in December 2021 and April 2022


  • You must be a registered Division of Medical Sciences student in good academic standing.
  • Have a total household income of less than $100,000.
  • Have 1 or more children under the age of 16. (The scholarship is per family, not per child.)
  • Have children who must:
    • Be your legal dependent verified by your tax return
    • Live with you in the United States.
  • Students are eligible to receive the award for a maximum of five years.
  • Those who will be having a child during the academic year are eligible to apply. Please list due date in date of birth field. Due date will determine eligibility for each semester’s scholarship. A copy of the birth certificate, once available, will be required.
  • Those defending during the award year may not be eligible for the entire annual scholarship. Funding will be considered on a case by case basis.

What we require

Submit application by email to: Jane Riccardi 

  • Completed form
  • Prior years tax return for you and spouse/partner.
    • If your child is not listed on the tax return, please also submit a copy of their birth certificate.
    • International students must provide copies of I-20's and visa's for both themselves & their child/children.

Payment Details

  • Letters detailing scholarship award will be sent in November and a copy will also be sent to your advisor.
  • The scholarship will be distributed twice a year, half at the end of the fall semester (mailed in December) and half at the end of the spring semester (mailed in April).
  • This scholarship is considered income and will need to be declared on your taxes. You will receive a 1099 form from Harvard University.
  • If you do not have an existing account in Buy2pay (Harvard’s payment system), you will receive an email asking you to register from with a subject of “Supplier Invitation for Harvard Portal”. When you register you can indicate if your preferred payment method is a mailed check or direct deposit through Zelle.
    • If you already have an account in Buy2Pay, DMS accounting will reach out to confirm the address in the system is up to date prior to mailing a check.


WATCH (Web Access to Care at Harvard) Portal
Connects student parents with providers of long- and short-term child care, including occasional babysitting.

Office of Work/Life
The Office of Work/Life administers a variety of programs that provide support to the University’s graduate students, staff, and faculty.

Child Care Centers that are Harvard Affiliated (Cambridge and Longwood) 
The ChildCare@Harvard website has a lot of information regarding what to ask and what to look for when you are looking for childcare.  In addition there is a list of the Cambridge side affiliated centers. allows families to search for, vet, connect with, and ultimately select caregivers in a low-cost, reliable and easy way. The site helps parents identify babysitters, nannies, child care centers, family day care, camps, tutors, and special needs providers.