Weatherhead Research Clusters

The Weatherhead Center typically invites applications to establish new research clusters starting in July. We support international, transnational, global, and comparative social science, and may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis.

Our goal is to fund research clusters that take on big and original questions for a period of three years. Clusters are led by one or two tenured faculty members and can be disciplinary or interdisciplinary, with a preference for the latter. We favor integrative projects that propose cross-generational intellectual collaborations between various faculty, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students. Clusters are located within the walls of the Center and are expected to engage with our new Weatherhead Scholars Program and the WCFIA community at large.

Who Is Eligible

WCFIA Faculty Associates who have been actively involved in the Center’s activities in the past.

Program Activities and Benefits

Each cluster will receive $180,000 for a period of three years to address questions of major social or scholarly significance. Funds may be used to support a postdoctoral fellow connected to the research cluster. Funds may also be used for other customary research expenses, including data collection, workshop and conference support, student grants, and other activities that advance the work of the research cluster.

Each cluster will have an office in the CGIS Knafel Building that will host together visitors and students. Clusters will also have 0.25 FTE (about nine hours/week) in staff support and work closely with our communications staff to publicize their activities.

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail to the Weatherhead Center no later than December 15. Applications should include a cover letter; five-page (maximum) white paper describing the research project and the activities planned in each year; and curriculum vitae (CV) of proposed faculty participants.

Applications will be reviewed by an external committee of scholars. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by February 15, following approval by the WCFIA executive committee.

For more information on the program, please contact Dr. Theodore J. Gilman, Executive Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138. Email: Phone: 617-495-2125.