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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.

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.

  • Funding to support one- to two-day, by-invitation-only seminars
  • 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
  • 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. In particular, we encourage proposals in the areas of law, education, justice, and youth leadership.
  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history, proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections

The program is on hiatus for 2021 but will resume in the spring of 2022.

Please read our FAQs. If you still have questions, please contact Sean O’Donnell, associate director of Academic Ventures and Engagement, at

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