Summer Thesis Awards

Each year MBB awards several Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowships to support summer thesis research. Applicants must be juniors in an MBB track or the MBB secondary field who will be conducting summer research that will contribute to their senior honors thesis on a topic related to mind/brain/behavior. Funding is available for a combination of research, living expenses, and wages. Awards do not fund both living expenses and wages, and also do not fund travel home, although travel to your research destination may be funded. Recipients of Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowships who receive financial aid are also eligible for a Deans Summer Research Award to go toward their summer savings requirement.

Because MBB funds are limited, we urge students planning summer thesis research to pursue other funding possibilities as well, including support from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) and your thesis advisor or her/his laboratory/research program. MBB usually cannot fully fund a project but works with other funding sources like HCRP to make co-awards that will meet a project's needs.

You will use CARAT (the Common Application for Research and Travel) to apply to both the Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowship and the HCRP award. For the MBB award,  CARAT expects you to complete the CARAT form and upload a project proposal, unofficial transcript, and resume. Your thesis/research supervisor should also upload a letter of recommendation. Application instructions and forms can be found at

If you are planning to apply for to the Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowship, please email by Friday, March 24th, 2017, so we know to be expecting your application.

Summer 2017 applications for both the Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowship and HCRP Awards are due Wednesday, March 29th, 2017. The HCRP application is due at 12 noon, and the Mary Gordon Roberts application is due at 5 p.m. For the Mary Gordon Roberts, you should submit the following:

  • an online copy of your application material submitted via CARAT
  • a print copy of your application material, submitted in person to Shawn Harriman at 841 William James Hall (33 Kirkland Street). This material should be single sided and paper clipped rather than stapled, in the following order: CARAT application form including budget, project proposal, unofficial transcript, resume
  • a pdf copy of your application material in two parts, emailed to The first pdf should include your project proposal, and the second pdf should include your CARAT application form including budget, your unofficial transcript, and your resume.
  • the letter of recommendation from your thesis/research supervisor, either a print copy in a sealed envelope that you deliver to Shawn Harriman at 841 William James Hall, or a pdf attachment in an email from your supervisor sent to

If you have any questions about submitting your material, feel free to email them to Shawn. He'll be happy to answer them for you.