Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible for the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship?

A: This program is open to FAS and SEAS assistant, associate and tenured faculty. Professors in Residence and Professors of the Practice are also eligible. Faculty at other Harvard schools with no more than a zero FTE in the FAS/SEAS are not eligible for this program.

Q: Can other individuals with PI rights apply, such as Benjamin Peirce Fellows, Society of Fellows, etc?

A: No. Only FAS/SEAS ladder faculty, Professors in Residence, and Professors of the Practice may apply.

Q: Can I use the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship for funds to help me publish my new book?

A: No. You should apply to our publication funds. There is one for senior faculty and a separate one for tenure-track faculty.

Q: Will the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship fund every application it receives?

A: No. The committee will make awards to only the most promising of the applications and will stay within the budget of the Fund. While there is no expectation that every application received will be funded, the committee will strive to award many small grants rather than a few large ones.

Q: How will I receive my award from the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship?

A: Awards are simply transferred to a faculty member’s FAS research account, and the faculty member can spend this money in whatever way and over whatever time period makes the most sense for him or her. We expect that the awarded faculty member will use these funds to advance his or her research so that the faculty member can eventually apply for other internal or external competitive funding. Please note that the only check on this expectation is made at the next time that faculty member applies to the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Research. In other words, one of the things that the committee will check when reviewing applications is how a faculty member used the money from this Fund the last time (if ever) that he or she applied.

Q: Is there a cap on the number of times I can apply to the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Research?

A: No. There is no cap on how often a faculty member can submit.

Q: Can applicants include letters of support as supplementary documents?

A: No, letters of support should not be included.

Q: Whom can I contact if I have questions about the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship?

A: If you have questions about the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Research, contact Erin Hale, Senior Research Development Officer (erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) or Susan Gomes, Director of Research Development and Strategy (susan_gomes@harvard.edu).