Small Emergency Dissertation Writing & Research Grants

For Harvard graduate students in doctoral programs only.

The Weatherhead Center will award small emergency grants for Academic Year 2021–2022, July 2021 through July 2022, to support Harvard graduate students in doctoral programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in the professional schools. The purpose of these grants to support students whose writing and/or research plans were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who Is Eligible

Grants will be awarded to Harvard doctoral students in the social sciences whose dissertations focus on international topics and whose writing and/or research has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

These awards will normally not exceed $5,000.

How To Apply

Please submit materials through the CARAT system.

The proposal (1,000-word maximum) should be uploaded along with a letter of support from a faculty member. The proposal 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 a proposed plan for the use of the funds; and 
3. indicate the importance of the grant for bringing the dissertation closer to completion.

The funds can be used at any point in the 2021–2022 academic year—July 2021 through July 2022.


There will be a rolling deadline. Applications will be accepted until the funds are spent.


Email Ann Townes at atownes@wcfia.harvard for more information.