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Mittal Institute Faculty Research Grants

Program Details

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute supports faculty research projects with grants ranging from $15,000–$30,000. Faculty members at Harvard are eligible for grants that bring together faculty from different fields and regions whose scholarship relates to South Asia. Traditionally the Mittal Institute has prioritized interdisciplinary research, as well as tried to catalyze connectivity between scholars at Harvard and those in South Asia. Up to five grants will be awarded each year. There are two types of grants available:

Exploratory Research Projects

The Exploratory Project Program provides funding to Harvard faculty who are looking to perform an interdisciplinary exploration of new project ideas for South Asia. This funding would provide seed funds to faculty to enable them to host a planning meeting and bring likeminded scholars from beyond Harvard and from the region to Harvard’s campus that would help develop new areas of research. The Mittal Institute will provide administrative support for planning the meetings.

Advanced Research Projects

The Advanced Project Program provides funding to Harvard faculty who seek to turn their ongoing, original research or projects into a defined outcome, including but not limited to a publication, policy recommendations, peer-reviewed journal articles, course curriculum, and more.

Eligibility

You must hold a full-time Harvard faculty appointment, preferably at the junior levels, to be eligible for these grants.

How to Apply

Proposals should be 3–5 pages long with one additional page for budget, and should include the following:

Exploratory Research Projects
  • Cover page
  • Brief bios of all team members involved and prior work/publications in the area or closely related areas
  • Proposed research agenda or methodology
  • Detailed budget
  • Proposed outcome
  • Bibliography
Advanced Research Projects
  • Cover page
  • Brief bios of all team members involved and prior work/publications in the area or closely related areas
  • Research agenda or methodology
  • A few paragraphs that describe how the use of this grant will advance the existing project
  • Detailed budget
  • Proposed outcome (ex. a book, a journal article, etc.)
  • Bibliography

Please be sure to discuss how the work will lead to new scholarship, support early ideas, and creatively enhance research or teaching missions at Harvard. Demonstrate a seasoned understanding of the problem and show prior preparatory work in this area.

Submit these materials as one file to MittalSAI@fas.harvard.edu.

Submission Deadlines and Timeline 

The application deadline for 2019 Summer Grants has passed. Please check back next Spring for more information. 

Terms

Recipients will write a brief report upon completion of their project summarizing the work made possible by this grant. They will participate in relevant activities of the Mittal Institute and may be requested to present their work in a public seminar or closed group meetings.

Click here to see past grant recipients.