Manuscript Workshop Grants for Tenure Track Faculty

To support the career development of its tenure track faculty, the Division of Social Science is piloting a new grant program. Contingent on continued funding, the Division of Social Science will make available to eligible tenure track faculty members small grants (up to $3,000) to support travel and other expenses associated with bringing experts to Harvard to review and offer guidance on in-progress manuscripts. This funding is intended to augment the $1,000 that is provided to each tenure track faculty member by the Dean of the FAS at the time of the initial faculty appointment (and contained in the faculty member’s start-up account).


All tenure track faculty with primary appointments in the Social Science Division  who are in their 2nd - 6th year of residence are eligible for this one-time funding.

Application Information

To apply for grant support, the following items should be emailed to Kimberly O'Hagan, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs:

1. FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION, including name, title, department, email address, telephone number, and campus address.

2. PROPOSAL NARRATIVE (no more than 2 pages), including:

a. A description of the manuscript, which may include a book length monograph or set of essays
b. Approximate date and location of the workshop
c. A proposed list of participants
d. Workshop objectives


a. Permissible expenditures include:
i. Traveler expenses (e.g., airfare, ground transportation, lodging)
ii. Workshop expenses (e.g., space charges, reproduction services, meals)

b. Expenses must be consistent with Harvard’s reimbursement rules, including class of travel restrictions, and meal/hotel caps.

Deadlines and Terms

Proposals will be received and reviewed four times a year, with deadlines on the first business day of October, January, April, and July. Applicants will be notified, and funded if approved, within one month of the submission deadline.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Dean of Social Science.


  1. Funds must be spent within 18 months of the award date. Remaining funds must be returned to the Division of Social Science.
  2. Recipients must provide a one-page report no later than 3 months after the event has concluded. This report should include attendees, outcomes, what worked well and what could have been done differently (to inform the longer-term program if the pilot proves successful).