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–$4,000 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 to 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 Weatherhead Center uses an electronic application platform, the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Please read all the instructions on this page as well as in CARAT before beginning your application. Once in CARAT, applicants must choose to apply for either a pre-dissertation grant or a mid-dissertation grant (see above for distinction). Recommenders must upload their letters of recommendation for your application to CARAT. Applicants are encouraged to visit the GSAS Fellowships Office website for information on these grants and similar grants offered by other Harvard funding sources as well as helpful information on writing grant proposals and preparing applications.


February 8, 2023