Harvard has two Dependent Care Funds, which provide financial assistance to scholars who must travel for a professional event or research program to advance their academic careers and who have dependent-care obligations that might otherwise impede such travel. FAS tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for these funds. Please see the "Work/Life & Benefits" page for more information on these funds and other dependent care resources.
This grant program is sponsored by Harvard's Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity: "Research enabling grants (REGs) are intended to provide financial assistance to pre-tenure ladder faculty facing work/life or personal/family challenges that threaten to impede their academic research and/or their progress at Harvard."
The FAS Publication Fund for Tenure-Track Faculty assists assistant and associate professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences with costs related to scholarly publications, broadly defined. For example, this might include expenses associated with research assistance, publication subsidies, copying, word processing, obtaining translations or illustrations, or creating footnotes or indices.
To support their professional development, the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS will reimburse tenure-track faculty up to $1,000 for activities they undertake to advance their development as scholars and teachers. For example, faculty members may choose to convene a group of Harvard or external scholars to provide feedback on a book manuscript or grant proposal. This $1,000 grant is included in the start-up package for new faculty, starting on July 1, 2010. Faculty hired prior to this date should use this application form for the purpose of reimbursement.