Grants and funding offered by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study allow students, researchers, and scholars from around the world to promote new ways of thinking and seize opportunities to advance their work.

Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin will lead and Radcliffe will anchor Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, a multidisciplinary, multiyear initiative that is now accepting grant applications.

For All Harvard Students

Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for small grants of $250–$1,500 to support their research and creative work related to the topic of Harvard and the legacy of slavery, broadly defined. Projects may (but need not) be connected to courses, and we welcome a wide range of submissions including works of art, multimedia projects, and other creative endeavors as well as traditional research undertakings. Topics of focus may include, but are not limited to: Harvard, legacies of slavery, and the Boston-Cambridge community; legacies of slavery and the sciences at Harvard; legacies of slavery in Harvard museums and archives; Harvard and legacies of slavery in the context of Caribbean nations; and slavery, adversity, and contemporary campus life. Students are welcome to submit individually or in groups; however, we will accept only one application per project (two students collaborating on a single project may not submit two separate applications to support their work). Larger grant amounts may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications for independent projects will be accepted and reviewed each term. Applications for the Spring 2021 cycle are now being accepted. The submission deadline is January 25, 2021, and funding decisions will be communicated shortly thereafter. Applications must include a concept note (no more than 450 words) outlining the project purpose, the work it entails, a project timeline, and the value it would add to understanding and reckoning with the legacy of slavery at Harvard.

For Course Support (Faculty-led)

Harvard faculty instructing undergraduate or graduate students in courses related to the topic of Harvard and the legacy of slavery, broadly defined, may also apply for funding to support research and creative work by students in their classes. Grants to faculty will be somewhat larger—up to $5,000—and faculty will be responsible for allocating funds to support their students’ work. Larger grant amounts may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications for course projects will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning in fall 2020. Funding decisions will be communicated twice per year. Applications must include a course description, a description of the types of student projects envisioned, the number of students enrolled in the course, and a description of how grant funds would be allocated among them. Apply here.

For Scholars, Artists, and Professionals

Women and men at the forefront of the arts, humanities, journalism, sciences, and social science apply to our competitive Fellowship Program to pursue bold ideas, artistic endeavors, or new research. Applicants are from across Harvard University and around the world. Radcliffe Institute fellows receive a stipend of up to $77,500 for one year.

For Harvard Faculty and Former Fellows 

With our budgetary and logistical support, Harvard tenured and tenure-track professors and former Radcliffe Institute fellows can bring together colleagues from across the University and around the world for Exploratory Seminars and Workshops that advance intellectual exploration and risk taking. 

For Students

For Undergraduates

Our Radcliffe Research Partnership program matches Harvard undergraduate students with Radcliffe Fellows who are leading artists, scholars, scientists, and professionals. During the academic year, students partner with a fellow from September through May, are paid $15 per hour, and work an average of 8 to 12 hours a week. Limited summer research partnership opportunities are also available.

For Graduate Students

Each year, we award Dissertation Completion Fellowships to select doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Our graduate fellowships provide a stipend of $32,000, with the possibility of an additional $750 for travel related to conferences and job interviews, tuition and health fees, and a work space. 

For All Harvard Students

We sponsor a biennial Public Art Competition that provides Harvard students with a unique opportunity to design and build a site-specific installation. The winner receives $10,000 and funding to create new public art in a prominent garden space on Brattle Street.  

For Researchers

The Schlesinger Library awards grants up to $15,000 to students, independent scholars, oral historians, and faculty for a variety of research projects that require use of its special collections and resources.