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Weatherhead Center Funding for Harvard College Students
February 12, 2020
All applications must be submitted via CARAT, the Centralized Application for Research and Travel electronic application platform. The application deadline for these opportunities is February 12, 2020.
Thesis Research Grants for Undergraduates: The Weatherhead Center runs an annual competition to award 15 to 20 travel grants to support the summer field research of Harvard undergraduates. These grants, ranging from $1,000 to $6,500, are designed to help finance travel in connection with senior thesis research on international affairs. All grant recipients become Undergraduate Associates of the Weatherhead Center for the year following their summer research and present their research findings at a conference organized by the Center early in the spring term of their senior year. Summer Travel Grants are awarded to Harvard undergraduates who plan to conduct research on topics related to the core interests of the Weatherhead Center. This research focuses on international, transnational, global, and comparative national topics—that may be either contemporary or historical in nature—including the study of countries and regions other than the United States and the rigorous analysis of matters of public policy. Applicants should state explicitly how their research relates to these interests of the Center. Projects that are exclusively domestic—relating merely to characteristics internal to any single country, without broader international implications—will not be funded. Most grants in the past have been awarded to students in the social sciences in concentrations including African and African American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Government, History, History and Literature, History and Science, Religion, Social Studies, and Sociology. However the Center also supports applicants in other fields whose research meets its research priorities. Prospective applicants should be thinking about their grant proposals now so that during or soon after break in early February, they will have a well-crafted written proposal ready for their application. They should also begin to identify their letter writer and check in with them before break. A flyer with complete details is attached, and the information is also on our web site at https://wcfia.harvard.edu/funding/student/undergraduate. The deadline is Monday, February 12, 2020, and the application information for all Weatherhead Center grants is in CARAT.
Canada Program Undergraduate Thesis Research Grants: The Center will award undergraduate thesis research grants of up to $6,000 each for field research in Canada. Research topics must have at least a 50% is focus on Canada or Canadian issues. Recipients of the grants will be named Undergraduate Associates of the Weatherhead Center and are expected to present their thesis research at a conference in the spring semester before their theses are due. Requests for out-of-cycle support for nominal amounts, designed to assist with unforeseen thesis-research expenses, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants for the Canada Grants should use the same CARAT grant application platform as our summer thesis research grants described above. The deadline is Monday, February 12, 2020, and the application information for all Weatherhead Center grants is in CARAT.
Questions about these programs or the application process may be directed to me, Clare Putnam, Weatherhead Center Coordinator of Student Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-495-9899.