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. Through our programs you can apply for funding to bring together scholars, practitioners, and artists from the University and around the world to develop ideas and research across the disciplines. While each exploratory seminar is unique, they are all designed to help support your efforts to consider new thinking in a neutral environment. Some successful programs have led to new scholarly research, publications, cross-disciplinary partnerships, and grant applications. All of them benefit from the world-class hosting team and facilities at the Radcliffe Institute, which means that you can concentrate on your content without having to worry about the logistics.

Exploratory Seminars:

  • support risk-taking inquiry into new ideas and research. Applications are welcome in all academic fields, including those focused on innovation and excellence in learning and teaching through a partnership with the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT).
  • 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 three-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 2015–2016 are due on Monday, October, 27, 2014.

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