Medium Grants for Faculty Research Projects


  • The Weatherhead Center supports faculty research projects with grants of up to $25,000.
  • The WCFIA Steering Committee evaluates the proposals.
  • Within a three-year time frame, Faculty Associates are eligible for one medium grant of up to $25,000 for a research project.
  • Faculty should be aware of other sources for research funds including the Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC).

Faculty Associates are eligible for medium grants for research that brings together faculty from different fields. Proposals for projects should relate to the core research interests of the Center. 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.

Who Is Eligible

Only Faculty Associates of the Weatherhead Center may apply for this research funding, but proposed research may include other scholars and practitioners from both inside and outside of Harvard. Preference is given to proposals by faculty who have not previously been funded.

How to Apply

Any Faculty Associate interested in applying for a medium grant for faculty research should submit a three- to four-page narrative describing the research topic and its significance. The proposal should outline the purpose and goals of the research, provide a brief description of the methodology to be employed, reference relevant literature, and describe both the proposed results (article, book, seminar, etc.) and how the research will be shared with the Weatherhead Center community. A detailed budget is also necessary. Faculty may apply for either the forthcoming academic year or for the following year. Please also include a two-page curriculum vitae that includes significant publications relevant to this proposal.

Please direct all requests for substantive advice and all proposals to the executive director, Theodore J. Gilman.

Proposal Evaluation

The WCFIA Steering Committee evaluates these proposals and makes recommendations to the Center's director and executive director.


Proposals for research projects are considered three times a year by the WCFIA Steering Committee. The deadlines every year are October 1, February 1, and April 1. Only in exceptional circumstances will the WCFIA Steering Committee consider a request at other times.


Faculty who receive support from the Center should acknowledge it in future publications of their research. Professors are encouraged to seek joint support from other institutions and centers. Grant money should not be used to “buy out” a course. It is not expected that these grants be used to cover summer salaries. All grant recipients must submit a one- to two-page memo at the end of the academic year reporting on the use of Weatherhead Center grant funds. Reporting memos are due June 30.

See also: Faculty Grants