CLOSED: Small Research Grants for Harvard Graduate Students

Please note: This award has been discontinued. Applications will not be accepted.

For Harvard applicants only

The Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality’s (WIGi) mission is to shed light on the cultural, social, economic, and political forces that maintain and break down gender inequalities. We invite applications for small grants for research projects on topics related to gender inequality. These projects can be comparative or focused on one country, and all methodological approaches will be considered. Research should focus on some aspect of gender inequality in the household, firm, or in another institution; projects can also center on government policy.


WIGi small grants are generally limited to $4,000, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Who Is Eligible

All Harvard doctoral students are eligible to apply.


Projects will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance and the quality of proposed research. Preference will be given for items that may be difficult to fund through granting agencies, and for unforeseen costs. Funds can be used for any reasonable research purpose not including the purchase of computer hardware. Grant recipients are expected to participate in WIGi seminars and events.

How to Apply

The Weatherhead Center uses the electronic application platform, the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Please read all the instructions on this page as well as in CARAT before beginning your application. Recommenders must upload their letters of recommendation for your application to CARAT.

Applications are reviewed twice a year, and on a rolling basis where appropriate, by the WIGi group. In general, decisions will be made within four weeks of submission.


We encourage applications by April 1 and October 1 but pending availability of funds, applications are considered on a rolling basis. Please note that since applications can be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, grants are accordingly awarded to qualified proposals as they are submitted. Therefore it is possible that by the start of the spring term, all funds for this category of grants may have been exhausted for the current academic year.


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