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Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program

The Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research, creative, and service work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to the Radcliffe Engaged focus areas.

  • The Law, Education, and Justice focus area explores how historically high rates of incarceration in the United States constitute a crisis with broad social, educational, and family impacts.  
  • The Youth Leadership focus area supports the cultivation of civic engagement, problem-solving, and leadership among young people as a critical component of a healthy democratic society.

Proposed projects can explore academic research, creative pursuits (such as those using art, writing, or multimedia), or the design of an original service project. Service projects must be grounded in research and include a critical analysis of the work to be undertaken. Students may submit applications as individuals or groups; however, we can accept only one application per project. All work must be completed by the end of May 2021. 

Grant recipients will join a virtual student cohort and receive mentoring and support from Radcliffe staff and faculty members and from each other. Cohort meetings will occur on a regular basis from October 2020 to April 2021. 

How to Apply

Proposals must include a concept note of no more than 750 words outlining:  

  • the project’s title and purpose;  
  • the work it entails and the anticipated outcome; and  
  • how it relates to one of the Radcliffe Engaged focus areas. 

Funds cannot be used for travel or travel-related expenses, in accordance with University guidelines

The 2020-21 academic year funding cycle deadline has passed. The summer 2021 funding application will open in late April 2021. 

Program Details

Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at Harvard is eligible to apply. Students on leaves of absence are not eligible.

All Radcliffe Engaged projects must be completed by the end of May 2021. 

Grant recipients will be required to submit a brief final report on their project. They will also be asked whether they would be willing to present their project (at a public event, to the selection committee, or in another setting, as appropriate).

Funds cannot be used for travel or travel-related expenses, in accordance with University guidelines

Funds will be awarded directly to students and may not be transferred to other departments or organizations.

Yes, you may apply to multiple funding programs at the same time. However, a single project can only be funded by one grant program at a time.

Students are responsible for obtaining appropriate approval for Human Subjects Research, if applicable. We encourage interested students to visit Harvard’s Committee on the Use of Human Subjects website for detailed information. Undergraduates may also refer to the Undergraduate Research Training Program (URTP), a comprehensive platform to assist and create better prepared undergraduate researchers.

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