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.
The Radcliffe Institute forges links among different humanities fields, as well as among the humanities, other scholarly disciplines, and the wider world.
The Radcliffe fellowship helped my work progress in almost too many ways to count. It is the most amazing opportunity I have been afforded in my career. It gave me the time for unimpeded thinking, creating, and exploring.
Many of the research problems I’ve worked on have come from other fields, so the idea of being part of a community of scholars in all kinds of disciplines—ranging from physics to history to art and music—is incredibly appealing, both on a personal level and as a way to expand my horizons beyond my current research directions.
The temptation for everyone who writes in the wake of government service is to litigate some of the debates that went on. My being at Radcliffe, in an environment where people bring such wholly different perspectives, has helped pull me out of my government, bureaucratic navel-gazing. It has helped me to look up rather than back and to try to write something that’s more enduring, more forward-looking.
This is one of the best-run institutions I’ve ever been associated with, even in a temporary fashion.
The seminar was a dream come true. The connections made, the projects in progress, the learning that happened and continues to occur, the invitations for opportunities that have resulted—I have been astounded by the impact of that experience. The work that Radcliffe does and helps to support is changing lives.
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 fellows receive a stipend of up to $77,500 for one year.Become a Fellow
For Harvard Faculty and Radcliffe Fellows
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.Learn More about Our Seminar Program
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.Learn More about Accelerator Workshops
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 the 2021–2022 Dissertation Grant are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is January 29, 2021.Apply for a Dissertation Grant
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, 2020, and 2021 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.Questions? Contact the Library
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.