CLOSED: Undergraduate Senior Thesis Research Grants

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 senior thesis research in the study of 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 undergraduate senior thesis small grants provide support of up to $2,000 for senior thesis research in the study of gender inequality. The grant is intended to be used for any legitimate research need, such as purchasing or coding data, using distant archives, or conducting a small-scale survey. Receipt of funds does not alter the responsibility of researchers with regard to human subjects regulations at Harvard.

Who Is Eligible

All Harvard undergraduates within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply.


Projects will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance and the quality of proposed research. Grant recipients should try and participate in WIGi seminars and events. Preference will be given for items that may be difficult to fund through other funding sources on a timely basis.

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 by the WIGi group. In general, decisions will be made within four weeks of submission.


Application deadlines are two times a year: April 1 and October 1.


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See also: Grants