Pre- and Mid-dissertation Grants

For Harvard graduate students only.

Pre-dissertation grants are awarded to doctoral students who are pre-prospectus, have recently passed preliminary exams, and who are exploring or beginning to launch research on a project related to the core research interests of the Center. These interests are broadly defined to encompass research 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.

Mid-dissertation grants will be awarded to doctoral students who are post-prospectus, are conducting research relating to the core research interests of the Center, and who have not yet reached their final year of dissertation completion.


Grants of $3,000 each will be awarded.

Who Is Eligible

  • Pre-dissertation grants are available to doctoral students who are in the early stages of dissertation research, that is, who are exploring or beginning to launch a project.
  • Mid-dissertation grants are available for doctoral students who have been conducting dissertation research and are midway in the process of completing their dissertations, but who have not yet reached the final year of completion.


The grants may be used at any time during the summer or academic year for dissertation-related travel, training, or for the compilation of data sets relevant to the student's research. The mid-dissertation grants are intended for specific research projects, research trips, or special needs that arise for students rather than for general dissertation-writing support.

For those focusing on Canadian topics, please visit the Canada Program Fellowships for Dissertation Research page.

How to Apply

The application, an electronic system in CARAT, is a standard application form used by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and several other Harvard centers and departments which can be found on the GSAS Fellowships website. Submit your entire application and upload the required components to CARAT. You do not need to provide a paper copy as well because the Weatherhead Center will download your application from CARAT (including the letters if they have been uploaded). Your letter writers can upload their letters directly to CARAT unless they have already emailed your letters to Clare Putnam at the Weatherhead Center.


February 13, 2015