Summer Funding

History & Literature concentrators often receive grants to support summer research, language study, study abroad, and internships. In particular, many juniors win funding to support senior thesis research conducted in the summer between the junior and senior years. Listed below are general resources for identifying funding opportunities as well as particular funds, grouped thematically and geographically, that have supported History & Literature concentrators in the past.

Note that most of the application deadlines are early in the spring semester, clustered around the middle of February. Some grants also provide funding for the winter session. Deadlines for Summer 2017 grants will be updated in January.

If you have questions, please contact History & Literature’s Associate Director of Studies.

General Resources
Thematic Funds
North America
Europe
Latin America
Africa and the Middle East
Asia and South Asia

General Resources

  • The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF). URAF promotes and supports research opportunities for Harvard undergraduates, from helping students to identify research opportunities to administering research programs like SHARP and MMUF (see below). URAF also hosts office hours and offers one-on-one advising appointments.
  • CARAT. The Central Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) is used by many campus programs and research units as the starting point for application submission. After you log in, look under the “Funding Sources” tab for information about individual funds, including deadlines. Note that some of the funds listed for graduate students are also available for undergraduates.

Thematic Funds

  • Harvard College Research Program. HCRP is the flagship research, scholarly, and artistic support program for Harvard College students. It provides fall term, spring term, and summer funding in support of student-initiated, independent scholarly research or creative endeavors undertaken with guidance of a Harvard-affiliated faculty mentor. Deadline: February 1, 2017, for spring semester funding; March 29, 2017, for summer funding.
  • Fund for Historical Research on Questions of Justice. This fund is open to juniors in History, History & 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 area or period of the world’s history. Travel outside of the US is required.  Deadline: February 24, 2017.
  • Kenneth I. Juster Fellowships for Undergraduate Research and Travel. Grants to support undergraduate field research or field experience in the areas of international relations, international trade and economic affairs, international development, international negotiation and dispute resolution, and global governance and affairs. Funds may be used for internationally focused field experiences or field research, including—but not necessarily tied to—research in support of senior theses. Projects may be carried out during the winter break, between semesters, or a term-time leave of absence. Deadline: October 15, 2016.
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF). Selects ten students in their sophomore year to join a tightly-knit research community during junior and senior years to conduct independent research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Deadline: February 15, 2017.

North America

Europe

  • Dressler Family Traveling Grant for Summer Travel or Study for Sophomores and Juniors. For travel and study in a country where a Romance language is spoken (e.g. France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Romania, and Latin America). The purpose of the grant is to afford students who have completed at least one course in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard the opportunity to travel and study in these countries in order to further their understanding of language, literature, politics, history, culture, etc. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
  • Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship. Offers fellowships to rising juniors and seniors to pursue meaningful opportunities in the United Kingdom, including sponsored research or study experiences at Cambridge or in affiliation with Cambridge-sponsored or affiliated arts or service projects. Deadline: March 2, 2017.
  • Goldman Undergraduate Research Travel Grants. For independent research on topics in Russian and Eurasian studies. Preference is given to juniors doing research for the senior thesis. A limited amount of funding may be available for research abroad in January. Deadline: February 10, 2017.
  • Robert Bacon Fund Grant. Funds for summer study, research, or internships in France, including support for students attending Harvard’s summer program in Paris. Deadline: February 10, 2017.
  • Thouron Scholarship. Awarded to rising juniors and seniors pursuing an eight-week summer program of study abroad at Pembroke College in the University of Cambridge, in the U.K. Deadline: January 6, 2017.

Latin America

Africa and the Middle East

  • A. J. Meyer Summer Fellowship. A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 for a Harvard student who will enroll in a full-time intensive summer program in Arabic. Deadline: likely early February.

Asia and South Asia

  • Asia Center Southeast Asia Grants. For projects that look at the countries of Southeast Asia either individually or comparatively and/or Southeast Asian language study. Both winter recess and summer grants are available. Deadline: October 19, 2016, for winter recess grants; February 6, 2017, for summer grants.
  • Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Taiwan Study Grants. Travel grants to support to study in Taiwan for advanced language training or research; preference is for the study of Taiwan in the period after 1949, and in some cases research on imperial China. Deadline: January 15, 2017.
  • Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Language Study Grants at Ewha. Awards summer language study grants for Harvard undergraduates in any concentration to attend the co-ed Ewha International Summer College-Session I to learn the Korean language. Courses may only on Korean language or on language and content. Deadline: February 6, 2017.