Faculty Grants

Application Process
The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies accepts proposals for faculty grants twice a year, once each semester.

(Note, different deadlines for the Harvard-UAI Collaborative Research Grant, the Mexico Innovation Fund Grant and the Brazil-Specific Funds. Click for more information.)

Application Deadline Fiscal Year Period of Performance
March 23, 2020 (EXTENDED from March 16) FY21 July 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021
November 1, 2020 FY21 December 15, 2020 to May 31, 2021

The program will accept only one proposal per faculty applicant per year, and will not fund multiple or repeat applications for the same project from collaborating faculty members. The committee gives priority to faculty members who have not previously received grants but will consider consecutive funding for course-based projects, on a case by case basis.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: The applicant must be an Assistant, Associate or full Professor employed full-time by Harvard University in any Harvard Department or School.  Applicants from the Harvard Medical School must be an Assistant, Associate or full Professor actively teaching Harvard students at the time of application (undergraduates, GSAS-enrolled Ph.D. students or students enrolled in the two HMS MD programs), and employed by Harvard University. Must be ladder faculty. Final decisions about eligibility will be determined during the review process.

AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING: The DRCLAS Faculty Grants program distributes $212,000 per year.  However there often are considerably more worthy proposals submitted than can be funded.  Proposals will be evaluated for how well they advance the mission of the center.  The review committee will recommend full funding to the DRCLAS executive committee for as many proposals as possible.  Regardless of the requested budget, the ability of the applicant to leverage funding from DRCLAS with funding from other sources is viewed favorably.  Applications with total budgets exceeding $20,000 will always be expected to involve other contributors. 

APPLICATION: The application package must include the 1)  application form, 2) an abstract (no more than two paragraphs),3) a proposal, 4) a detailed budget with a list of other funding sources, 5) a five-page C.V. of the faculty applicant, 6) letter(s) from any collaborating institution. In preparing a proposal, the applicant should remember that DRCLAS is a University-wide center and therefore reviewers may need brief background information to fully appreciate what might be of obvious importance to someone within a particular discipline.

REAPPLICATION: In cases where additional clarity or details about a proposal would help the review committee decide on funding, the committee may invite resubmission of a proposal for the following application deadline.  Proposals resubmitted in the absence of an invitation will not be evaluated.

Faculty Grants may not be used to cover or supplement faculty salary, research staff salary, student stipends, administrative salaries, indirect costs, or to purchase computer hardware or other office-related equipment. Additional restrictions may apply, at the committee’s discretion.

For questions regarding the application process or the eligibility criteria, please contact Edwin Ortiz, Manager of Academic Services, at (617) 496-1588.

Please see the Faculty Grants menu listings on the left for details about each category of grants.

Download the Faculty Grants Application