The Center has a longstanding commitment to support analytical research in the social sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and in related disciplines in the University's professional schools. This research focuses on international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues and may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States. Projects eligible for funding must address these topics.
Among our successful initiatives of recent years are:
- an opportunity for every tenure-track Faculty Associate to hold a book conference on a soon-to-be-published manuscript;
- the Research Incubation Fund, which supports faculty in their preparation of major research proposals for outside funding agencies or foundations;
- an emphasis on utilizing videoconferencing to lower financial cost; and
- a globalization supplement to encourage and enable scholars from outside of North America to participate in Center conferences.
The Center strives to cultivate the generation of new ideas and to encourage discussions within and across scholarly disciplines. The Center supports research that deepens the understanding of the forces, both domestic and international, that are transforming many countries as well as the international system. Its goal is to foster a vibrant research community of Weatherhead Center-affiliated faculty across the University.