Nurturing the research of graduate and undergraduate students is one of the Weatherhead Center's highest priorities. The Center helps students financially and intellectually by supporting their research and by encouraging and facilitating meaningful collaboration between students and other Center affiliates including faculty, Fellows, and visiting scholars. In addition, the Center encourages students to participate in its seminars and conferences.
The Center welcomes applications from students in various disciplines whose research involves important international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues that may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States. This year, the Center will award some one hundred grants, fellowships, and affiliations to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent recipients of doctoral degrees. Weatherhead Center student support enables Harvard students to accomplish original research abroad, become residential members of the Center community, make significant progress on their dissertations, or undertake foreign language study abroad.
The Weatherhead Center has been fortunate to receive financial support for student research. The generous gifts of Albert and Celia Weatherhead, for whom the Center was renamed in 1998, assist the operation of the Center generally and student programs in particular. The Hartley R. Rogers family generously supports undergraduate research in less-developed regions of the world, primarily in Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Additionally, the Kenneth I. Juster, Maurice and Sarah Samuels Family, Ford, Dillon, and Huntington endowments allow us to sustain creative and important student research both on campus and abroad. (Weatherhead Center research funds enrich our scholarly community by supporting postdoctoral fellows through the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Center for History and Economics, and the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations.)
The scholarly community hopes that Harvard students and young scholars find the Center to be a significant intellectual resource for expanding and refining their research interests.