Postdoctoral Scholars - Frequently Asked Questions

As a postdoc, how do I submit an application for funding?

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 proposal.

I am a postdoc based in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Who needs to review my grant proposal before submission?

In the FAS, all funding requests for external funding (i.e., not from Harvard University) must be reviewed and approved by the following:

  • Your department or center;
  • The Dean of FAS or his/her designee; and
  • The Office for Sponsored Programs (on behalf of the President and Fellows of Harvard College) or, for industry sponsored agreements, the Office for Technology Development.