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Although we are excited to have our fellows back on campus and working in Byerly Hall, Harvard Radcliffe Institute programs remain primarily virtual as we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic. See Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates.

for Researchers

Hero Opportunities Researchers Oct 2021

Whether looking to work on individual projects or to collaborate with colleagues, researchers at all levels will find opportunities at Radcliffe. We offer yearlong and short-term residencies as well as financial support for research projects.

Each year, the Radcliffe Institute hosts leading scholars, scientists, artists, and practitioners from around the world in its renowned residential Fellowship Program. Academic Ventures and Engagement brings together scholars from across the University and around the world to foster multidisciplinary collaborations that lead to new ideas, innovative research, and the advancement of knowledge; programs range from small, intensive workshops to large public conferences. The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America offers a variety of research grants to support new scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality.

For Scholars, Artists, and Professionals

Fellowship Program

Scholars and practitioners at the forefront of the arts, humanities, journalism, sciences, and social sciences apply to our competitive Fellowship Program to pursue bold ideas, artistic endeavors, and new research. Applicants come from across Harvard University and around the world. Radcliffe fellows receive a stipend of up to $78,500 for one year.

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Conferences and Lectures

Our conferences and symposia are public conversations on large topics in which academics, artists, practitioners, and the public challenge assumptions and grapple with different perspectives from across all disciplines.

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For Harvard Faculty and Radcliffe Fellows

Exploratory Seminars

Harvard Radcliffe Institute's Exploratory Seminar Program provides funding to scholars, practitioners, and artists for collaboration in an interdisciplinary exploration of early-stage ideas. Our program encourages intellectual risk taking as participants gather in an intensive seminar setting to explore new fields of research and inquiry. Hundreds of Harvard faculty members and current and former Radcliffe fellows have benefited from this program, which challenges its participants to reimagine the boundaries of knowledge through multidisciplinary discussion.

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Accelerator Workshops

Harvard Radcliffe Institute's 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.

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Large-scale, public events across the disciplines have taken place at Harvard Radcliffe Institute.
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Personal papers and organizational records are available for research at our Schlesinger Library.

For Researchers

Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grants

The Schlesinger Library invites predoctoral scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the Library’s collections to apply for research support. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program in a relevant field and have an approved dissertation topic, and priority will be given to those whose projects require use of materials available only at the Schlesinger Library. Applications for this grant are no longer being accepted. Please contact with questions regarding future award cycles.

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium offers grants to encourage projects that draw on the resources of 18 major cultural agencies, including the Schlesinger Library.

Apply for a Consortium Fellowship

Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grants

A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has allowed the Schlesinger Library to launch the Long 19th Amendment Project interrogating the centennial of American women’s suffrage. The grant will fund up to three eight-week residencies each June–July in 2019–2022 for researchers doing advanced work on gender and suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, or other related topics. Successful projects will draw in meaningful ways on Schlesinger Library collections. The stipend for each award is $15,000.

Apply for a Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grant

Schlesinger Library Research Support Grants

The Schlesinger Library invites scholars and other serious researchers at any career stage beyond graduate school to apply for support for their work in our collections. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis. Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent research and writing experience, and priority will be given to those who have demonstrated research productivity and whose projects require use of materials available only at the Schlesinger Library. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of equipment or travel to other sites for research. Regrettably, we have had to pause this program for 2021–2022.

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