The Weatherhead Center is pleased to offer grants to support undergraduate field research or field experience in the areas of international relations, international trade and economic affairs, international development, international negotiation and dispute resolution, and global governance and affairs. Funding has been made available by Harvard alumnus, Kenneth I. Juster, who has devoted much of his education, professional activities, and nonprofit endeavors to international affairs and is deeply engaged in promoting international understanding and advancing international relations. The grant recipients are known as Juster Fellows.
The Center will award two to four Juster Fellowships this year. The size of the grants will vary depending on the country of destination, length of stay, and type of program in which the recipient will be participating, as well as on each applicant's budget.
Harvard College sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply for field research or field experiences in international affairs. Most grants will be awarded to students in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, government, history, social studies, and sociology), but the Center may support applications from students in other fields that meet the criteria outlined here.
Grants will support summer projects or projects outside the normal term time, such as winter intersession. However, funds may also be used for internationally focused field research or field experiences supplementing normal term work, such as research in support of a senior thesis.
The Center will judge each proposal on the strength of its research design and methodology, the applicant's preparation for the project, the demonstrated academic achievement of the applicant, the feasibility of the project and the need for field research to fulfill its goals, and its relevance to the grant's areas of focus as stated above. Individuals being asked to write letters of recommendation should receive a copy of the proposal before the letters are written.
Applicants for the Juster Fellowships must complete the electronic registration process online in CARAT, print out the application coversheet and budget that was submitted electronically, and attach to the CARAT forms the following materials: a résumé or curriculum vitae, a proposal not longer than 750 words, a current transcript (may be a photocopy or printout of grades), and two letters of recommendation. In the proposal, please outline the field research or field experience proposed, clearly state the objectives of the project, and explain how this project or experience relates to and is important to academic and personal interests and goals. To begin the application, visit the CARAT website (Harvard PIN login required).
Applications or questions should be directed to:
Student Programs Coordinator
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
CGIS Knafel Building
1737 Cambridge Street, Room K221
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 495-9899
October 15, 2012