Regan Fund

Established through the generous gifts of Donald T. Regan, 66th Secretary of the Treasury, the Regan Fund supports programs that invite distinguished speakers to Harvard to present views in the fields of economics, government, and social problems of the United States and the world. Eligible programs present views that might not otherwise be available to undergraduates seeking knowledge or just curious about alternate solutions to current and future problems.

The Social Science Division seeks proposals for programs that meet the goals of the Regan Fund by bringing diverse speakers to campus to lecture to undergraduates. Proposed activities may be open to other members of the Harvard community or the public at large, but the focus must be on undergraduate students. We are particularly interested in supporting programs tied to academic courses, and/or developed in collaboration with the College. We welcome proposals from student groups, but require that a statement of faculty or departmental support accompany such proposals.


Jennifer Shephard (5-7906) in the Social Science Dean's Office with questions.

Application Instructions

Proposals must include all of the information specified below.
Create and submit your application in Qualtrics.
(Do not use the old Microsoft Word form.)

  1. CONTACT and overview
    • Proposer contact information including name, title and affiliation, email address, telephone number, campus address, and, as applicable, the name of the organization (e.g. research center, department, student group) or course hosting the activity.
    • Planned date(s) and venue(s).
    • Amount of the request.
  2. A (3-page max.) NARRATIVE describing the proposed activity and indicating:
    • How the event(s) will contribute to the academic life of the College, and specifically how the activity will appeal to, and benefit, undergraduates, with emphasis on how the event(s) will provide diverse views that might not otherwise be available to the undergraduate population.
    • The particular expertise of the proposed speaker(s) in economics, government, and/or social problems of the United States and the world.
  3. A PLAN for securing undergraduate attendance.
    If you have a track record running this type of event, feel free to reference it here. Furthermore, undergraduates often have ideas about how to engage their fellow students. Among other strategies, you might consider any or all of the following:
    • Including undergraduates on all event planning committees.
    • Working with relevant student organizations.
    • Involving students as participants (not mere attendees) in the events -- can a panel discussion, for instance, include an undergraduate speaker?
    • Asking interested undergraduates to provide statements or videos that can be used to promote the event(s).
    • Hosting the event(s) in an undergraduate House.
  4. A brief line-tem BUDGET. Permissible expenditures include:
    • Travel (airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals)
    • Honoraria (max. $3,000 per speaker)
    • Advertising/publicity
    • Room/ AV rental
    • Translation services
    • Event security (as necessary)
    Expenses must be consistent with Harvard’s travel and reimbursement policies, including class of travel restrictions, and meal/hotel caps. The Review Committee may permit additional categories of expense if strong justification is provided.
    If the funds you are requesting will cover only a portion of the activity's total costs, please provide your total budget amount and list of other funding sources.
  5. LETTER of support. Proposals submitted by students or student organizations  must include a letter of support from a faculty member or department administrator committing to active mentorship of the activity.

Deadlines & Submission

The Regan Fund Review Committee evaluates proposals in each semester of the academic year. The next deadline is will be in the fall of 2017 (date TBD), and decisions will be announced shortly thereafter.

Proposers should complete an application in Qualtrics.

Requirements for funded proposals

Support from the Donald T. Regan Fund should be acknowledged in all promotional and introductory materials, as well as all publications, associated with funded events.

Within one month of the conclusion of the funded event, grantees must submit a one-page report describing successes and challenges associated with the activity, including the level of undergraduate attendance.

Funds must be spent within 18 months of the award date. Remaining funds must be returned to the Regan Fund.