Born out of a need to complement the Center’s traditional focus of supporting individual faculty and student research, our new Weatherhead Research Clusters center around hefty questions for the social sciences and the world. These research clusters represent core faculty interests, and aim to make a significant contribution by pushing the frontier of knowledge in their respective fields.
Over the course of three years, each cluster uses its substantial funding to foster collaboration, the form of which will vary across clusters but may include regular seminars, conferences (including at Talloires), research projects, and other activities. Their work, to be regularly featured in WCFIA publications, connects with several of the main disciplines that define the core of the Center.
Each cluster is spearheaded by a small number of Weatherhead Center faculty chairs, but entails wide participation among faculty, students, and visitors. Postdoctoral fellows may also be connected to—and supported by—cluster funds. Clusters will also have some staff support. Cluster affiliates are housed in the CGIS Knafel Building when possible.
These research clusters have several specific aims:
- Strengthen the identity of the center and its intellectual profile while maintaining focus on funding a wide range of faculty research.
- Strengthen future research contributions by promoting multidisciplinary collaboration across Harvard’s many schools and departments.
- Generate ties between undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty by bringing intellectual activity within the walls of the Center.
The Weatherhead Center hopes these clusters will identify additional core faculty research priorities as they develop over the next few years.
For information on the Weatherhead Research Cluster grant competition see the Opportunities for Faculty section.