The John H. McArthur Canadian Fellowship provides financial assistance to Canadians to enable them to attend Harvard Business School and thereby acquire the leadership skills to make a lifelong contribution to Canadian society.

Canadian students have always been an important part of HBS's diversity. This fellowship helps insure that academically qualified students can afford to attend HBS. The John H. McArthur Canadian Fellowship is named in honor of the former dean of Harvard Business School (1980-1995), who is a British Columbia native. This Fellowship is funded by the generous support of several Canadian alumni.

Beginning with the class of 2016, if you are a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident who has lived in Canada for at least seven years cumulatively and are accepted into the Harvard Business School MBA program, you may be eligible for significant incremental fellowship funds from the John H. McArthur Canadian Fellowship:

  • If you are a Canadian who has lived in Canada for at least seven years and hold an undergraduate degree from a Canadian university, you are eligible to apply.
  • If you are a Canadian who has lived in Canada for at least seven years and hold an undergraduate degree from a university outside Canada, your application will be reviewed by a committee to determine eligibility.

Eligible applicants will receive USD $20,000 ($10,000 per year) during their two years at HBS.

Please note that this fellowship is a non-need based award and is incremental to any existing HBS Fellowship*.

By helping to defray the costs of the MBA program, the John H. McArthur Canadian Fellowship seeks to amplify the message that all qualified Canadians are welcome at Harvard, regardless of financial ability. The Initiative also hopes to further remove debt burden considerations from job choice and early career decisions. It is the goal of these generous alumni that future Canadian graduates of Harvard Business School make lifelong contributions to Canadian society, from wherever their career paths take them.

Please submit a completed application by the deadlines below, which includes the PDF application form and a copy of your resume/CV. All application materials should be submitted to Lauren Flamer at lflamer@hbs.edu.

Canadian Fellowship Application Form (pdf)

Deadlines for the Class of 2019 Canadian Fellowship Applications:

Admissions Notification Fellowship Application Due
December 14, 2016
January 15, 2017
March 22, 2017
TBD (early April)
May 10, 2017
TBD (late May)


*No combination of awards - including sponsorship - may exceed the cost of attendance. Dual-degree students are eligible only during their years at HBS.