Graduate Student Grants

Weatherhead Scholars Program

The Weatherhead Center invites applications to its Scholars Program for 2019–2020. This new program offers visiting faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and experienced practitioners the opportunity to spend up to one academic year at Harvard.

Visiting Faculty

We will consider faculty in the social sciences from other universities and programs, as well as academics employed by think tanks.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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WIGi Small Research Grants for Harvard Graduate Students

For Harvard applicants only.

The Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality’s (WIGi) mission is to shed light on the cultural, social, economic, and political forces that maintain and break down gender inequalities. We invite applications for small grants for research projects on topics related to gender inequality. These projects can be comparative or focused on one country, and all methodological approaches will be considered. Research should focus on some aspect of gender inequality in the household, firm, or in another institution; projects can also center on government...

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Dissertation Writing Grants

For Harvard graduate students in doctoral programs only.

The Weatherhead Center will award dissertation writing grants for 2019–2020 to support advanced Harvard graduate students in doctoral programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in the professional schools. The purpose of the Weatherhead Center Dissertation Writing Grant is to release students from one semester of teaching in order to allow them to fully focus on writing their dissertations without the burden of teaching or other employment.


The Center plans to offer up...

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U.S.-Japan Program Postdoctoral Fellowships

For Harvard and non-Harvard postdoctoral scholars.

A few postdoctoral fellowships are offered each year by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations for the study of issues in US-Japan relations, Japan's relations with other countries, and domestic issues that bear on Japan’s international behavior.

Awards and Benefits

The stipend is $60,000, and the Postdoctoral Fellows are offered shared office space at the Center and access to Harvard facilities.

Who Is Eligible


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The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies—Academy Scholars Program

For all Harvard and non-Harvard recent PhD recipients and doctoral candidates in the social sciences or law.

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences or law with a command of the language and history or culture of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada. Their scholarship may...

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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...

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Huntington Prize

Students and friends of Samuel P. Huntington (1927–2008) have established a prize in the amount of $10,000 for the best book published each year in the field of national security. The book can be a work of history or political science, or a work by a practitioner of statecraft. The prize will not be awarded if the Huntington Prize Committee judges that the submissions in a given year do not meet the high standards set by Samuel P. Huntington.

The Huntington Prize Committee is pleased to solicit nominations for books published in 2018.



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Grants for Graduate Student Conferences

For Harvard graduate students only.

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is pleased to offer Harvard graduate students financial resources for student conferences and workshops that address their interests in international affairs. The Center will support conferences, workshops, or speaker series whose presenters and participants are predominantly Harvard graduate students speaking about and/or receiving feedback on their own work.


Grants generally range from $500 to $2,000, but the Center will consider larger requests. The Center...

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Graduate Student Associates Program

For Harvard graduate students in doctoral programs only.

The Graduate Student Associates (GSA) program is one of the Center's oldest and most valued programs. Directed by Erez Manela, professor of history and Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate, the program welcomes applicants from any of Harvard's graduate and professional schools. The Center currently supports twenty-four doctoral candidates from advanced degree programs that include African and African American studies, anthropology, architecture and urban planning, the classics, government, history, history of science,...

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Foreign Language Study Grants

For Harvard graduate students in doctoral programs only.

Foreign language study grants are available to students for summer language-study abroad after their G1, G2, or G3 years. Applicants must show the importance of the foreign language for their research, and the grant must be used for an intensive language program lasting at least six weeks.


Grants cover up to approximately $4,500.

Who Is Eligible

Students in doctoral or similar advanced degree programs at any of Harvard's academic departments or professional schools...

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Canada Program Fellowships for Dissertation Research

For Harvard graduate students only.

The Canada Program, funded by the William Lyon Mackenzie King endowment, examines Canadian economic, social, cultural, and political issues in their domestic and international dimensions. The program comprises a seminar speaker series, an annual faculty conference, graduate and undergraduate student affiliates, and two annual visitor opportunities: the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, who chairs the seminar and organizes the faculty conference, and the William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellows...

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