Graduate Research Fellowships in Global History

For Harvard graduate students only.

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History will award up to two summer graduate dissertation fellowships for research on topics in global history. The Global History fellowships are designated to facilitate investigations that link two or more regions of the world in a shared historical development. The objective of the Weatherhead Initiative and the fellowships is to encourage research that focuses less on international relations as traditionally conceived than on economic and cultural exchange, comparative institutional or ecological development, and topics involving demography, health, migration, religious or social movements, and the communication of goods and ideas across world regions.


Two grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded.

Who Is Eligible

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History grants are open to Harvard doctoral candidates who have completed their course work and will conduct research on topics of global history. Questions concerning the appropriateness of projects can be addressed to the Initiative’s directors, Professor Sven Beckert,, or Professor Charles Maier,


The grants must be used during the summer for dissertation-related travel and research.

How to Apply

The application, part of which is available electronically in CARAT, is a standard application form used by GSAS and several other Harvard centers and departments. It can be found on the GSAS Fellowships website. The application must include a proposal of no more than five pages that summarizes the project and explains where research is to be carried out and with what sources. It must also include a tentative budget for travel, maintenance, and related expenses; a current résumé; and one letter of recommendation from the applicant’s present or future adviser. Applicants should be sure to carefully read all instructions and cover sheets on the GSAS website before beginning an application in CARAT.


February 13, 2014

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