Senior Thesis Grants

This section provides information about the myriad grants available at Harvard to support undergraduate summer and term-time research for senior thesis.

Please also check Harvard's Database of Funding and Opportunities for Undergraduates (FOUnd) which allows you to search by geographical location, concentration, and area of interest, and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF) at for information about research opportunities and research funding.

To apply online for Harvard Grants, please visit Harvard's Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT):

For guidelines on requesting letters of recommendation, please see

American History

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
For thesis research on international affairs. For more info, see here.
Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2017

Charles Warren Center
For research on any topic in American History. For more info, see here.
Deadline: 5pm on Monday, February 6, 2017
Center for American Political Studies
For research on any aspect of modern (post-Civil War) American politics. For more info, see here.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships
To support research on the history of women in America using the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute. For more info, see here.
Deadline:  March 1, 2017.  

East Asian History

Asia Center Grants
The Asia Center administers six grants for summer travel and research in East Asian History; please see here for more info about each of them.

Fairbank Center Undergraduate Student Grants
The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies offers travel grants to support Harvard University undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to study in Taiwan for advanced language training or research.  For more information please visit:

The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Awards summer research travel grants for Harvard undergraduates in the humanities or social sciences for research and/or fieldwork in Japan, relating directly to a senior honors thesis in an area of Japanese studies. For more info. click here

Korea Institute Summer Research Travel Grant
Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Travel Grants are awarded to Harvard undergraduates in the humanities or social sciences to use in Korea for research and/or field work relating to a senior honors thesis in an area of Korean studies. Typically, the amount of the award is limited to the cost of travel in the research project. Undergraduate applicants must have at least two years of Korean language training or equivalent proficiency in the language.  For more info. please click here

Modern European History

Patterson Traveling Fellowship
For summer research, study, travel or work in Italy.  For more info. see here
Deadline: Mar 8, 2017 - 12pm

Center for European Studies
For senior thesis research in Europe on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends in contemporary (post-1750) Europe. For more info, see here.

Goldman Undergraduate Research Travel Grant (Davis Center for Russian Studies)
For research in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia, on topics related to Russian or Eurasian studies. For more info, see here.

Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
For support to conduct research projects in Ukraine. For more info, see here

Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship
In keeping with its tradition of sending Harvard College graduates as “ambassadors” to Cambridge University each year, the Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships Committee is pleased to announce summer fellowships for rising juniors and seniors to pursue meaningful opportunities in the United Kingdom—either through sponsored research or study experiences at Cambridge, or in affiliation with Cambridge-sponsored programs or other projects in the U.K.
For more info. see here.

Medieval History

Angeliki E. Laiou Undergraduate Research Fund - download the pdf

             This fund was established in honor of Angeliki Laiou (1941-2008), Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History and an internationally celebrated scholar, colleague, statesman, mentor, and friend. During the nearly four decades that she spent at Harvard, her passionate, charismatic teaching instilled in countless students the importance of studying the past. Reflecting her staunch commitment to undergraduate teaching and research, the fund supports undergraduates at Harvard College who are conducting research on topics relating to Byzantine, medieval European, and medieval Mediterranean history. The grants may be used to cover a variety of research-related expenses, including travel, securing digital scans from libraries and archives, and translations. Senior thesis writers are especially encouraged to apply, but grants can be made for non-thesis research as well. Students planning to conduct summer thesis research are encouraged to apply before March 1, but applications may be submitted at any point during the academic year. To apply, submit a completed copy of this form to the History Undergraduate Office, along with a 300-500 word description of your project and a tentative budget. For more information, contact Professor Daniel Smail (

Name: ________________________________________

Class: _____________               

Concentration: ______________________________

 Phone: ___________________         

Email: _____________________________________


Amount Requested: ___________     

Date Submitted: _____________________________

Other Fields

Other Fields

Committee on African Studies-The Center for African Studies offers funding to Harvard undergraduate students traveling to Africa for thesis research, internships, volunteer work or study abroad. Grants require a minimum stay of eight weeks in Africa. Our grant awards are limited and intended to cover round-trip travel and a modest stipend.
 For more info, see here.  

Undergraduate Research Scholarships in Australian Studies:  To support research and/or field work related to an area of Australian studies.  For more info. visit their website

The Canada Program Undergraduate Thesis Research Grants - The Center will award undergraduate thesis research grants of up to $6,000 each for field research in Canada. Recipients of the grants will be named Undergraduate Associates of the Weatherhead Center and are expected to present their thesis research at a conference in the spring semester before their theses are due.
For more info, click here

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Each year, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers fellowships to a limited number of Harvard undergraduates for J-Term or summer research and/or field work in Israel or for summer Arabic language study.

For more info. about these grants please click here.

 Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School awards an undergraduate award for summer senior thesis-related research. For theses that significantly address an interreligious, cross-cultural, or comparative theme. The research may be ethnographic or archival, and a portion of the award may be used for the purchase of books.

 The details of the grant application process can be found on our website at

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
For research requiring travel to Latin America and/or Latin American diasporic populations. For more info, see here.

Department of Romance Languages (Dressler Family Traveling Grant - For travel and study in the Romance language countries (e.g. France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Romania, and Latin America). Students must have completed at least one course in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard. Financial need is a requirement for application. For more info, see here.

Center for Jewish Studies - To support qualified Harvard undergraduates with summer research or study in Jewish studies.  For more info., click here

Cogan Family Fund for Humanitarian Studies - To provide funds for undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University who are conducting field research related to crisis-affected settings. The fund enables students to obtain international experience and an understanding of the cross-disciplinary nature of humanitarian work. Students interested in advancing research, practice, and policy in the field of humanitarian assistance to populations affected by war, disaster, and other crises are encouraged to apply.

For more info. please visit the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative website:


All-Purpose and Other Grants

Summer Senior Thesis Grant in Ethnic Studies
The Committee on Ethnic Studies offers summer travel grants to assist Harvard juniors with senior honors thesis research.  Research should deal with one or more of the Committee’s areas of focus: ethnicity, human rights, indigeneity, and migration.  These grants may be used to cover the costs of travel, housing, and research-related expenses.  Students must spend a minimum of eight weeks engaged in research activities.  Grants cover only partial expenses, and students should apply elsewhere for additional funds.  For more info. see here

Hauser Undergraduate Human Rights Award
The awards are intended to support students carrying out research or internship projects that engage issues of human rights anywhere in the world, including the United States. The awards are made possible by the generous support of Harvard Law School alumni Gustave and Rita Hauser.  Funds may be used to support summer research or a summer internship and must relate to issues that implicate human rights questions centrally. This stipulation allows for proposals from virtually any discipline. If human rights issues only feature tangentially in the project, the application for an award will be unsuccessful.
For more info. see here
Harvard College Research Program
The Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) supports student-initiated scholarly research and creative endeavors undertaken with faculty guidance during the academic year and summer. Funded by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and alumni/ae donations, HCRP grants advance academic experiences outside the classroom and expand opportunities for students to work closely with faculty members. For more info, see here.
Dean's Summer Research Awards
The award is given to eligible HCRP recipients (eligibility requirements are seniors on financial aid who are doing thesis research). For more info., contact The Office of Research and Fellowships.
The Harvard University Center for the Environment Undergraduate Student Research Fund
The Center for the Environment’s Undergraduate Summer Research Fund provides financial support for student research projects related to the environment.
For more info, see here.

International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
For projects related to global health.  For more info. please see here.  

On-Campus Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

Harvard undergraduates participating in the SURF program work with Harvard faculty for a ten-week period in a variety of settings on campus in the Boston-Cambridge area. Students live and work with a cohort of global health scholars and learn from each other and from top faculty in global health through weekly multidisciplinary seminars.  For more info. please see here.  

The Justice Grant

Research Fund for Historical Research on Questions of Justice

The fund is open to juniors in History, History and Literature, Social Studies, and other relevant concentrations who need financial assistance to conduct historical research for their senior thesis on questions of justice. The thesis can be in any period of the world's history. Travel outside of the U.S. is required. Preference will be given to applicants who will use the funds for research in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Islands, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Complete the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) AND submit the following materials below to the History Undergraduate Office (Robinson Hall, 101) by  Friday, February 24, 2017.

  1. Printed copy of the CARAT application form.
  2. Statement of purpose (600 words or two pages double-spaced). 
  3. Official transcript with grades through fall term. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty, tutors, or teaching fellows familiar with applicant’s work. (It is preferred that one of the letters be written by applicant’s potential or confirmed thesis advisor.) 
  5. Applicants who are not History concentrators must also submit an endorsement from their concentration's Head Tutor or Director of Undergraduate Studies stating that the applicant will enroll in the appropriate "99" the next academic year and write a senior thesis.

Additional Notes:
• All applicants and recipients are required to inform the History Undergraduate Office if they receive other awards after submitting their Justice application materials.
• Award decisions will be made at the end of March.
• It is possible that award monies may not be available before recipients leave the College for the summer.

Questions? Contact Laura Johnson (