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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 up to $25,000. 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. Grants will be awarded each year based on the availability of funds.

In addition, projects that have grant activities specifically based in India and benefit the public of India at large can avail grants and ground support from the Mittal Institute’s India Office. The institute shall offer India-based grants to initiate and expand research, hire research personnel, and advance existing projects. Grants approved from the India office can only be utilized in India. However, in case faculty needs to meet some project expenses in the US, they will have to specify it in the proposal and the funds shall be provided from LMSAI, Cambridge.

If you have any questions regarding projects and funding in South Asia, write to Chelsea Ferrell, Assistant Director of the Mittal Institute, at cferrell@fas.harvard.edu, and to know more about funding and support in India, please contact Sanjay Kumar, India Country Director, at sanjay_kumar@harvard.edu.

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 grant would provide seed funding for new projects that bring together likeminded scholars from beyond Harvard and from the region to develop new areas of research.

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.

Please note that travel must adhere to current Harvard guidelines.

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: Project title, applicant name(s), and a one-paragraph research abstract
  • Brief bios of all team members involved and prior work/publications in the area or closely related areas
  • Proposed project including research question(s) and methodology
  • Detailed budget by category (such as personnel, materials, equipment, travel etc.) and the total
    • In case the project proposes grant activities in multiple countries, categorize budget based on the site-country
  • Proposed outcome
  • Bibliography
Advanced Research Projects
  • Cover page: Project title, applicant name(s), and a one-paragraph research abstract
  • Brief bios of all team members involved and prior work/publications in the area or closely related areas
  • Proposed project including research question(s) and methodology
  • A few paragraphs that describe how the use of this grant will advance the existing project
  • Detailed budget by category (such as personnel, materials, equipment, travel etc.) and the total
    • In case the project proposes grant activities in multiple countries, categorize budget based on the site-country
  • 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.

Note: For India-based projects, in addition to the above, please describe how your project facilitates, advances, and/or encourages research, training, and support to programs in India and are for the benefit of general public in India.

Submission Deadline

Applications shall close on November 5, 2021.

Application

All applications must be submitted here.

Grant Timeline

September 24, 2021 Faculty Grant Application Opens
November 5, 2021 Faculty Grant Application Deadline
December 6, 2021 Grant awardees notified of selection decisions
January 31, 2022 Standard Grant cycle starts
April 1, 2022 Indian Grant cycle starts

 

Terms

Recipients will draft a brief report and shall provide relevant documentation (e.g., papers published, media content, etc.) that can be disseminated by LMSAI 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.

 

 

Ongoing Support

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute supports ongoing faculty needs by providing small grants throughout the year on a rolling basis.  These range from $500-750 and are designed to be used for needs related to scholarship, teaching or interacting with the region.

To apply, please submit an email directly to Chelsea Ferrell (cferrell@fas.harvard.edu) stating what the funding will be used for and the amount requested.  Larger projects and financial requests should be submitted to LMSAI’s annual faculty grants detailed to the left.

Click here to see past grant recipients.