The Academic Ventures Accelerator Workshop Program provides funding to scholars, practitioners, and artists to propel their original research programs or projects toward a specific outcome: a publication, a grant application, a course curriculum, an exhibition, a performance, or policy recommendations, to name only a few possibilities. With an eye toward accelerating the spread of innovative ideas and knowledge into the academic or public realm, our workshop program brings participants together to further develop and refine their work as they prepare for its eventual dissemination. 

Program details:

  • Funding of up to $20,000 available to support one- to two-day workshops
  • Hosted on the campus of the Radcliffe Institute
  • Accommodates roughly 12–20 participants, subject to budgetary limitations
  • Lead applicant must be a Harvard ladder (tenured or tenure-track) faculty member (from any school); co-applicants may apply with lead applicants who meet eligibility requirements
  • Applications are peer reviewed

We welcome proposals that:

  • reflect research already under way that would benefit from a range of perspectives and the neutral setting available at Radcliffe
  • aim to produce a defined outcome at the conclusion of the program (e.g., a publication, a grant application, a course curriculum, an exhibition, a performance, or policy recommendations)
  • invite the perspectives of diverse participants and stakeholders to the discussion  
  • integrate senior and junior scholars from institutions in the greater Boston area, across the United States, or around the world

The following areas—while not exclusive—are of special interest:

  • Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome proposals that connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia.
  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history, proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections

Proposal Submission Deadlines

For workshops to be held between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, proposals are due by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 3, 2020. The application portal will open in November 2019.

Informational Lunches

We will offer a series of informational lunches on our seminar and workshop programs with our faculty directors in the early fall. Please check back in August 2019 for specific dates and times.

Questions about the program?

For any logistical questions about the application or assistance with applying through our online portal, please contact Kristen Osborne, program associate of Academic Ventures, at AVworkshops@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

For any questions regarding content, please contact Sean O’Donnell, associate director of Academic Ventures, at sean_odonnell@radcliffe.harvard.edu.