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Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund to Support the Integration of Arts Into the Curriculum

The Elson Family Arts Initiative fund supports undergraduate education in the arts and humanities and the integration of the arts into the FAS curriculum. Course proposals may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS. Applications for courses in Academic Year 2022-2023 (fall and spring semesters) are due Friday, March 25, 2022. The maximum amount to be awarded is $5,000 per proposal, but proposals that are more modest in nature are strongly encouraged. For application guidelines, please click on the link above.

Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship

This is a targeted program that provides funding in the following three categories: 1) bridge funding, 2) seed funding, and 3) enabling subventions. This program is open to FAS and SEAS assistant, associate, and tenured faculty. Professors-in-Residence and Professors of the Practice are also eligible. Please click on the link above for full information.

Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities

This fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the arts and humanities, for projects led by members of the faculty within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and/or other schools. The Provostial Fund also welcomes applications to support faculty research, particularly for projects smaller than those now considered under the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship. Applications for the following spring semester (and beyond) are due Friday, October 22, 2021.  Applications for the following fall semester (and beyond) are due Friday, February 25, 2022For more information, please click on the link above.

Tenured Publication Fund

This fund aids tenured FAS faculty members in bringing scholarly book projects to timely completion. All tenured faculty members in the FAS's Divisions of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science, and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are eligible to apply. In AY 2021-2022, the FAS will provide funds for 40 FAS faculty members to receive up to $5,000 apiece. These funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to help defray eligible expenses. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.

Faculty Development and Diversity (FD&D) Research Enabling Grant

Due to the unprecedented situation from COVID-19, as of April 2020 (for REG)/May 2020 (for DCF), the University is pausing the Research Enabling Grant/University-wide Dependent Care Fund (DCF). As the situation develops, we will update the website with any changes to the status of the grant program. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns to

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."

Application for FAS Tenure-Track Publication Fund

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. 

Application for FAS Professional Development Funds

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.