If your department does not offer grant support, Research Administration Services will help you develop your proposal (e.g., your budget) and submit your application. Please contact Jennifer Lech with any requests.
There are two ways to submit an application for funding: you may submit as an individual or through Harvard University’s Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP). Some sponsors will require you to submit as an individual while others will require you to submit through the institution. Please be aware that there may be tax, benefits, and other implications that may change depending on whether you submit through Harvard University or as an individual. We highly recommend that you discuss your applications with a departmental grants administrator or your faculty mentor prior to submitting a...
Harvard University subscribes to three searchable funding opportunity databases, all of which may be found here. Research Development staff run bi-annual workshops to introduce postdoctoral scholars to two of these tools—Pivot and Foundation Directory Online.
Sabbatical funding opportunity deadlines often fall at least a year before your leave start date. Some sponsors run competitions even earlier; the National Endowment for the Humanities has a May deadline for projects beginning as early as January the following year and as late as the following September.
This highly depends on which awards you receive. In all cases, we strongly recommend consulting with your Department Chair and your Divisional Dean. They can best advise you on the optimal strategy for approaching this important decision and will be a very helpful resource. For clarification on what specific sponsors will allow, please contact email@example.com.
Yes. Although some sponsors programs are directed toward mid- to senior-level faculty, most sponsors open competitions to all tenured and tenure-track faculty and even some offer programs specifically for junior faculty. Please keep in mind that competitions open to all faculty are highly competitive but certainly not out of reach for new faculty.
Yes. The major "flexible" sabbatical funders are the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Alternatively, a major Cambridge-based residential option is the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.
Yes. Some sabbatical funders will only support faculty for an entire academic year leave; however, some give faculty the option of receiving funding for 6 months or less while still others will only fund faculty for less than one semester. Be sure to read the sponsor’s award information or contact Research Development for a tailored funding search based on your needs.