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 list of 2022–2023 workshops

Applications are currently being accepted. To apply, please submit an application here. Applications are due Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET.

  • Funding to support one- or two-day, by-invitation-only workshops; to be held during FY25 (July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025)
  • Hosted on the Harvard Radcliffe Institute campus, subject to health and safety guidelines; accommodates approximately 12–16 participants, including PIs/convenors, subject to budgetary limitations
  • Lead applicant must be a Harvard ladder faculty member (tenured or tenure track, including Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine instructors and Harvard Law School clinical professors) 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 or pressing social issues, or which seek actively to engage audiences beyond academia.
  • We welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus on climate change, with a particular interest in climate justice.
  • We are also interested in topics exploring and reflecting on civil discourse, academic freedom, and intellectual diversity.
  • 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.

Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET

We strongly encourage interested applicants to attend a virtual information session to learn more about the aims of the Accelerator Workshop Program and the application process. Faculty are welcome to attend any session that fits their schedule. Sign up at this link.

Applicants unable to attend one of these sessions should e-mail Don Tontiplaphol, associate director of Academic Ventures and Engagement, at don_tontiplaphol@radcliffe.harvard.edu to receive supplementary information helpful for the application process. 

Please read our FAQs. If you still have questions, please contact Don Tontiplaphol, associate director of Academic Ventures and Engagement, at don_tontiplaphol@radcliffe.harvard.edu.