Dissertation Writing & Research Grants

For Harvard graduate students in doctoral programs only.

The Weatherhead Center will award additional dissertation writing and research grants for AY2021–2022 to support advanced Harvard graduate students (G5–G7) in doctoral programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in the professional schools. The purpose of the Weatherhead Center Dissertation Writing & Research Grant is to support students whose writing and/or research plans were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Center plans to offer awards of approximately $15,250 each, equal to the standard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) dissertation writing fellowship stipend.

Who Is Eligible

Grants are to be held by students who are in the research and/or writing stages of their dissertations yet have not reached their completion year, such as G5s through G7s, though advanced G4s may be considered. Applicants’ dissertations must be related to the core research interests of the Center. These interests are broadly defined to include research on international, transnational, global, and comparative topics, both contemporary and historical, including rigorous policy analysis and the study of regions or countries outside of the United States. Single-country projects will be considered only if situated in a broader international/comparative context.

Awards will be made largely based on need. Students who are unable to use travel-intended funds or other highly restricted resources are encouraged to apply.


Weatherhead Center Dissertation Writing & Research Grant recipients will be named Graduate Student Affiliates of the Center, and they will be encouraged to attend Weatherhead Center seminars and events and to connect with Center faculty, experienced practitioners, graduate students, undergraduates, and visiting scholars. Office space is not provided. Recipients of these grants may not hold the GSAS Merit Fellowship, a dissertation completion fellowship, or any other term-time grants during the same semester. Priority for these grants will be given to students who will not hold any other fellowships during the academic year and who have not held a Merit Fellowship or academic-year writing grants in prior years. Grants are awarded for either the fall or spring semester, and grant recipients may use their funds while researching/writing their dissertations in residence at Harvard or elsewhere.

How To Apply

Please submit materials through the CARAT system.

The application letter (four-page single-spaced limit) should be accompanied by an approved dissertation prospectus and submitted with a letter of support from the dissertation adviser.  The application letter should: (1) address the student’s need for the funding, making clear how the applicant’s plans have been disrupted by the pandemic; (2) present the proposed plan for the use of the funds, making clear how the work can be undertaken responsibly and safely in the current environment; and (3) indicate the importance of the grant for bringing the dissertation to completion.


June 8, 2021


Email Dr. Ted Gilman (tgilman@wcfia.harvard.edu) for more information.