The Weatherhead Center encourages faculty-directed conferences, particularly those with expected research results. The Weatherhead Center provides logistical and organizational support for conferences, as well as financial assistance, to bring scholars and practitioners to Harvard from around the country and the world to participate with Harvard faculty in conferences and workshops designed to advance analytical research. The Center will consider support for approximately twenty to thirty participants to meet for a day or more to present and discuss current research. Typically, Center funds cover travel and hotel expenses for speakers, conference space, meals, materials, and a conference website for posting papers.
Proposals for conferences should relate to the core interests of the Center. This research focuses on international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues and may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States.
Only Faculty Associates of the Weatherhead Center may apply for conference funding, but proposed research may include other scholars and practitioners from inside and outside of Harvard. Preference is given to proposals by faculty who have not previously been funded. The Center does not normally support projects with conferences that meet every year; in general, the expectation is that such endeavors will seek external funding.
Any Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate interested in applying for a medium grant for a faculty conference should submit:
Please direct all requests for substantive advice and all proposals to Steven B. Bloomfield.
The WCFIA Steering Committee evaluates these proposals and makes recommendations to the Center's director and executive director.
Proposals for conferences are considered three times a year by the WCFIA Steering Committee. The deadlines for 2012–2013 are October 1, 2012, February 1, 2013, and April 1, 2013. Only in exceptional circumstances will the WCFIA Steering Committee consider a request at other times.
It is essential to work out specific dates and staffing expectations with the Weatherhead Center so that conflicts with other Center events do not occur.
Faculty who receive support from the Center should acknowledge it in future publications of their research. All grant recipients must submit a one- to two-page memo at the end of the academic year reporting on the use of Weatherhead Center grant funds. This report should focus on the intellectual and scholarly results of the conference. Reporting memos are due June 30, 2013. Faculty may defer organizing a conference for only two years, after which they must reapply for funding.
Funding varies based on the type, size, and length of the conference and does not generally exceed $25,000, except for “globalization supplements.” In the case of conferences that require considerably more funding, faculty should seek collaborative support from additional institutions. Faculty should be aware of other sources for research funds including the Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC).