The Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute brings together faculty from across Harvard University and around the world to develop innovative academic programming across a wide range of disciplines. Workshops and seminars launch or expand new scholarly and research endeavors for faculty and students, while public conferences, symposia, and lectures provide opportunities to challenge assumptions, study timely issues of public policy, and explore emerging ideas with audiences near and far.

Exploratory Seminars

If you are a ladder faculty member or a current or former Radcliffe Institute fellow, we hope you will submit an application for an exploratory seminar so that we can support the development of your new research, ideas, and teaching. Exploratory seminars provide funding to bring together scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop ideas and research across the disciplines. Seminars are usually one or two days in length and are held at the Radcliffe Institute with all logistical arrangements handled by Radcliffe staff. We do not fund larger, more formal meetings like conferences under this program. Exploratory seminars are not public events.

Exploratory Seminars:

  • support risk-taking inquiry into new ideas and research. Applications are welcome from all academic fields, and proposals advancing innovation in learning and teaching and those considering issues connected to the wider field of urban studies are welcome.
  • are open to ladder faculty and Radcliffe Institute fellows, past and present. All Harvard ladder faculty (tenure-track and tenured, including Harvard Medical School faculty, regardless of the financial guarantee surrounding their salaries) from any school are eligible to apply. Because exploratory seminars support ongoing and early-stage research, we are unable to accept applications from research professors or professors emeriti.
  • consist of one- to two-day meetings of 10 to 18 participants hosted by Radcliffe, which provides meeting space, and logistical and administrative support prior to and throughout the seminar.
  • provide up to $18,000 to support exceptional applications.

Seminar applications are peer reviewed.

Apply online and view past seminar topics

Applications for 2016–2017 are due on Monday, October, 26, 2015.

Questions about the program or your eligibility? Contact Paul Beran, associate director of Academic Ventures, at paul_beran@radcliffe.harvard.edu or 617-496-3449.

Workshops

Workshops, like exploratory seminars, convene Harvard faculty members, scholars, artists, and other thought leaders from around the world, but these events go beyond early-stage research questions. Workshops are based on innovative ideas that have already been developed to some extent but are now ready for further deep exploration. Outcomes may be intellectually based or have practical application; in the past they have resulted in publications, grant applications, course development, policy recommendations, the enhancement of an established research program, and conferences. Workshops help faculty translate their knowledge to some form of impact.

  • Proposals are accepted from Harvard ladder faculty (tenure-track and tenured, including Harvard Medical School faculty, regardless of the financial guarantee surrounding their salaries) from any school following consultation with Academic Ventures faculty directors and staff.
  • Programs consist of one- to three-day meetings hosted by the Radcliffe Institute, which provides meeting space, and logistical and administrative support prior to and throughout the workshop.
  • Awards provide up to $20,000 to support exceptional proposals.
  • Proposals are welcome in all academic fields and are considered on a rolling basis.

Questions about the program? Contact Rebecca Wassarman, executive director of Academic Ventures, at rebecca_wassarman@radcliffe.harvard.edu or 617-496-5545, or one of the Academic Ventures faculty directors.

View past workshops

Faculty Directors

For application questions related to your field or to cross-disciplinary proposals, you may also contact our Academic Ventures faculty directors:

Arts

Humanities

Sciences

Social Sciences