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Research Grants

As a result of COVID-19, Harvard University has provided guidance for Harvard travelers, including travel related to student grants. You can find details on the University travel policy here; please note public health considerations are subject to change and be sure to stay up-to-date on changing travel requirements and policies at your destination. Please ensure that your proposal details how your project abides by the Harvard’s travel policies. Additionally, for the winter session, LMSAI will also consider virtual grant proposals. If you have any questions, please contact Selmon Rafey, Program Manager, at


Research grants are awarded to students pursuing research on specific topics that could contribute to a thesis or dissertation or if the applicant has done preliminary work on the topic. Individual independent research will be considered if the above requirements are fulfilled. Summer research should be around8 weeks.

Application Instructions

Undergraduate Students:

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via CARAT.

Graduate Students:

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via CARAT.

  • Completed Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute Winter Session Funding for Graduate Students
  • 750-word proposal outlining your project. In addition, for grant applications for research activities specifically based in India, please describe how your research benefits the general public in India.
  • Annotated bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • A current resume/CV
  • Current transcript (unofficial printout is acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation (uploaded to the CARAT system or your recommender can email them directly to Selmon Rafey, Program Manager, at

Ishani Desai's MPA/ID second focus group discussion about menstrual practices and sanitary pad adoption in Gujarat