Travel and Reimbursements


Policy Revised - 01/01/2021

Policy Statement

Harvard University requires that faculty, staff, researchers, students, or other individuals who plan for or purchase products, equipment, supplies, and services with...

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Short-Term Operating Advances

Policy Statement

 Harvard only permits a short-term operating advance (STOA) account for human subject payments or short-term projects where use of other payment methods is not feasible. Under a STOA, Harvard cuts a check to an individual (custodian) who manages and disburses the funds on behalf of a project; the custodian must return any unused funds to Harvard by 30 days after the end date of the project.  Harvard requires all tubs that request or maintain STOAs to do the...

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Fellowship Payments and Reimbursements for Students and Non-employee Postdocs/Fellows


Policy Statement

Per the IRS, a fellowship is an amount paid to or allowed for the benefit of an individual to aid in the pursuit of that individual’s own study or research. At Harvard, we use the term “fellowships” to refer to a host of payments: awards, stipends, grants, and allowances. Fellowships are generally gross income to the recipient, unless they are qualified payments for required tuition and fees for a degree program.

Generally, student and non-employee...

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Travel Policy

Effective 5/15/21, Harvard faculty, staff, and students must either submit a completed vaccination attestation form or a letter from the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA) approving a petition to travel when submitting a reimbursement request for any travel on or after 5/15/21. 

Note: Travel requirements have been modified as of July 1, 2021. See the...

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