Opportunities for Researchers

Accelerator Workshops

Participants at a workshop for Transparent: The Musical
A workshop for Transparent: The Musical. Photo by Kevin Grady

The Radcliffe 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. 

See a list of workshops funded this year.

The 2022–2023 application deadline has passed. Applications for Spring 2023 will open in December 2022.

  • Funding to support one- to two-day, by-invitation-only seminars; to be held during FY23 (July 1, 2022—June 30, 2023)
  • Hosted on the campus of Harvard Radcliffe Institute, subject to the health and safety guidelines of Harvard 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


  • 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
  • Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome proposals that connect research to public policy, pressing social issues, and/or seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia.
  • We welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include law, education, justice; youth leadership and civic engagement; climate change; and legacies of slavery.
  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections are encouraged.


The 2022–2023 application deadline has passed. Applications for Spring 2023 will open in December 2022.

We strongly encourage interested applicants to attend a general information session to learn more about the aims of the Accelerator Workshop Program and the application process. Please check back in January 2023 for general information session times.

Please read our FAQs. If you still have questions, please contact Rebecca Wassarman, executive director of academic ventures and engagement, at rebecca_wassarman@radcliffe.harvard.edu.